Kharotabad incident: Russian diplomats arrive to take bodies

Published: May 31, 2011
Russian officials say that four of the victims are Russians. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Russian officials say that four of the victims are Russians. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: Two Russian diplomats arrived in Quetta on Tuesday to take the bodies of the victims killed in Kharotabad area when security forces had gunned down five foreigners on May 17.

The Russian officials said that four of the deceased are suspected to be Russians; however, no official statement has been given yet. They said that they are waiting for the identification of the bodies to take place, adding that the bodies were decomposed due to the poor air-conditioning in the place where they were kept.

They said that it was unsure whether the Russians were terrorists or not, claiming that their passports were not handed over to them.

Earlier on Tuesday, a judicial tribunal, headed by Justice Hashim Kakar of the Balochistan High Court, was set up to further investigate into the matter. The tribunal recorded statements of five witnesses.

Justice Kakar assured that security would be provided to all the witnesses.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Chilli
    May 31, 2011 - 6:29PM

    The picture of poor lady pleeding mercy by raising her hand is becoming nightmare for me. I dont know how the killers feel about it.Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    May 31, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Its heart-breaking if they were innocent. May their souls rest in peace. During wars this is called collateral damage where ‘my life or yours’, hence sorrowful occurring do takes place. I don’t blame the shooters but the terrorists in general. Recommend

  • Salman
    May 31, 2011 - 10:58PM

    media show her hand as victory sign… media also need to report the news accurately Recommend

  • yacub
    May 31, 2011 - 11:17PM

    pak army need to be alert chechens will want revengeRecommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 6:59PM

    Poor souls became victim to paranoid security personnel. Recommend

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