15 killed as gunmen torch bus in Sibi

Published: April 26, 2011
Police refuse to confirm death toll, or even that it was an attack.

Police refuse to confirm death toll, or even that it was an attack.


Nine of the 15 people killed in the Sibi bus attack have been identified.

The identified bodies have now been handed over to their relatives.

Deputy Commissioner Sibi has announced Rs10,000 aid for the families of each killed.

Updated from print edition (below)

12 killed as gunmen torch bus in Sibbi

At least 12 people, including six children and two women, were burnt alive when gunmen torched a passenger coach near a roadside restaurant on the National Highway in Sibi district, about 160 kilometres away from here on Monday night.

“Three heavily-armed men came to the roadside restaurant on foot, sprinkled petrol on the Peshawar-Quetta-bound passenger coach and set it on fire,” said eyewitness Riasat Ali.

“The coach had pulled over at the restaurant about five kilometres from Sibi city for dinner,” said Assistant Commissioner Sibi Shahzeb Mandokhel. “Many people were burnt to death,” he said but refused to say how many.

Sibi-based journalist Akram Bangulzai while confirming the death toll said that the bodies were mutilated and charred beyond recognition.

The personnel of police and Balochistan levies, along with rescue workers, rushed to the spot while fire tenders from Sibi reached the spot after half an hour.

The assailants fled the scene unchallenged. The area where the incident took place comes under the jurisdiction of Sadar police station – about a kilometre away from a police checkpoint.

However, Syed Farid Shah, District Police Officer Sibi, refused to confirm the death toll, saying that the incident took place when a large number of passengers were having dinner at the restaurant.

“Perhaps some children and women were present in the coach when it ‘caught’ fire,” he said by phone. He added that it was premature to say that it was ‘set on fire’ by somebody.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack till our going to the press. And the motive behind the gruesome attack could also be not ascertained immediately.

The driver and cleaner of the passenger coach fled the scene after the incident. Law enforcers have mounted a manhunt in the area for the culprits and the driver and cleaner.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • joy
    Apr 26, 2011 - 10:52AM

    how can someone be this brutal……….Recommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 26, 2011 - 11:32AM

    Lawlessness is the hallmark of PPP government. Being the ruling party they are squarely responsible for all miseries of Pakistanis. Their green signal to CIA operatives results in such incidents. They are feuling insurgency to destable and disintegrate Pakistan. Army should take over again. Enough is enough.Recommend

  • Ither hunt
    Apr 26, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Ethnic cleansing of non baloochis in baloochistan is ntgng new.its going on since many yearsRecommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 26, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Read history, how west fund separatist to kill innocents. Baluch insergency if for their rights has gone into wrong hands. There is no justification for this act. Pakistan is the next target for demolishion and our government knows what is happening. Our Interior Minister should stay in Islamabad only because country is not safe for him too.Recommend

  • Parayshan Pakistani
    Apr 26, 2011 - 12:57PM

    This is brutality. I am depressed rather at the wave of brutality sweeping over the country.
    Balochs have not given good account of themselves.
    Cowards can never be moral.
    He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. These cowards after killing the innocent bolted from the scene.
    Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.Recommend

  • Naveed Baloch
    Apr 26, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Well this act of brutality must be condemned in strongest words. However, how you “Pakistani” people can raise fingers on Balochs, when no one has claimed responsibility of the act and the investigation were inconclusive whether the bus was torched or was an unfortunate incident. And i was very disappointed that this same newspaper carries another news of brutality and inhumanity of 5 bullet riddled bodies of missing balochs who were severely tortured and killed by government coverts and no one of you even bothered to read instead of reprimanding that act as well. And this is what “the message” for us.Recommend

  • Rakesh
    Apr 26, 2011 - 8:37PM

    My distant relative along with his young son was on this bus…

    This is depressing.Recommend

    Apr 26, 2011 - 11:57PM

    @Naveed Baloch:
    You are absolutely wrong. There are so many Baloch terror organizations and they all are in competition for leadership. They are responsible for mutual killings.
    Balochs cannot blame any one for their plight. The province is run by the balochs though they are just 48%. CM is Baloch, Governor is baloch, chief secretary is Baloch and majority of secretaries are Balochs and there are 32 Baloch Ministers. So whats the problem other than incompetence and loot. Balochs have got more share in the province than their share.
    So have a heart. Stop killing the innocents and learn to live a civilised life.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 27, 2011 - 6:30AM

    This will never be forgotten. Why kill women and children you immoral dogs. Sorry dogs….but i couldnt think of another word. Recommend

  • anna
    Apr 27, 2011 - 7:14AM

    strong text*1: There is No evidence that the culprits belong to any Baloch Libration Party .
    2. Dont always try to paint everything Ethnically ( Ethnic cleansing etc etc) .
    3. Pakistan is facing the worst crises of its time becoz of 9 years Stupid rule of Army + non political entities & three years of Inefficient rule of PPP , so there is NO room for making Sweeping statements like “Army Should Take over … WHY to BREAK the remaining PAKISTAN as they did in 1971).
    4. Balochs are the Most Patriotic & well behaved people in Pakistan , We should not Corner them to the wall otherwise after a few years we are again CRYING stupidly as we do for East Pakistan.
    5. MEDIA should go & look into the Matter of Both Balochistan & Karachi … both are under Duress of certain quarters !strong text*Recommend

  • adnan
    Apr 27, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Bugti operation was 100% right… any one chalenging teh state will be crushed… Recommend

  • Well wisher of Pakistan
    May 1, 2011 - 2:07AM

    This is terrible act. It is shame on balochistan govt: and balochs as well. If baloch govt have guts, they should resign due to their incompetency. Majority of balochistan people should go through rigorous battery of psychoanalysis and perhaps DNA testing to ensure their evolution into homo sapiens which I doubt it due to their barbaric man-eating act.Recommend

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