6 killed, 7 injured after attack on passenger vehicle in Gilgit-Baltistan

at 10:22 pm

New Delhi (NVI): At least six people were killed while seven others were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a passenger vehicle in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Naltar valley.

According to police, the incident was reported on March 25 when a van carrying 18 local passengers including women was on its way to Naltar from Gilgit town. At about 3 pm, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the vehicle in the Naltar area.

“Six local residents including a woman were killed in the incident, while seven passengers sustained injuries,” Gilgit SSP Mirza Hasan was quoted saying by a Pakistan daily.

According to reports, the injured were shifted to City Hospital Gilgit by police and Rescue 1122 personnel.

In a statement issued by police, it was said the incident appeared to be the result of personal enmity.

Meanwhile, chief minister Khalid Khurshid Khan took notice of the incident and directed law enforcement agencies to arrest the culprits.

He expressed sorrow over the incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.

The chief minister also directed authorities to take steps to protect passengers on Karakoram Highway.