US backed jundallah terrorist group claims Pakistan bus attack
Jundallah terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack that targeted a passenger bus carrying Shia Muslims in northern Pakistan
At least 18 people were killed — execution style — on Tuesday when the bus carrying passengers from Rawalpindi to the northern town of Gilgit came under attack in the mountainous region of Kohistan.
Jundallah’s commander Ahmed Marwat contacted local media later in the day and claimed responsibility for the attack.
Local police chief Mohammad Ilyas had earlier said of a possible sectarian motive behind the assault on the vehicle.
The bus was carrying 39 people, mostly Shia pilgrims coming back to their homes after visiting holy shrines in Iran.
Following the Tuesday incident, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced the formation of a joined team of inquiry comprised of high-ranking police and intelligence officials.
The investigation panel is expected to submit their report on the attack within three days.
Pakistan’s Federal Interior Minister has also called for an immediate arrest of the perpetrators involved in the terrorist attack.
Jundallah terrorists are notorious for their numerous deadly bombings and assassination attempts in Iran, mainly in the country’s Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On December 15, 2010, a terrorist attack in the southeastern Iranian city of Chabahar killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 90 others, including women and children. The US-backed Jundallah group later claimed responsibility for the deadly bomb attack.
Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested by Iranian intelligence forces in February 2010 and executed in June of the same year for 79 counts of crimes, including armed robbery, bombing operations and armed attacks on police officers as well as civilians.
Rigi stated in his confessions that he had dealings with the US government and was promised unlimited funds and resources for “waging an insurgency” inside Iran. He was reportedly on his way to meet with senior Washington officials at a major US base in Kazakhstan when his plane was brought down by Iranian forces.
Source: Press TV