26 people lost lives in Taftan gun and suicide attack

QUETTA: At least 26 pilgrims — including women — were killed in a gun and suicide attack in Taftan area near Pakistan-Iran border, officials said Monday.

The attack late Sunday night came when a bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a restaurant in the Pakistani town of Taftan in troubled Baluchistan province. At least 20 people were injured in the deadly attack.

Authorities airlifted the bodies to the northwestern city of Kohat where most of the victims were from, the officials said. The Jaishul Islam militant group has claimed the attack.