Salman Masood
NY Times
December 30, 2012

At least 19 Shiite pilgrims, including four women, were killed Sunday when their convoy of three buses in southwestern Pakistan was struck by a remotely detonated bomb, officials said. At least 25 other people were wounded in the attack in the Mastung district of Baluchistan Province.

Earlier Sunday, government officials said they had discovered the bodies of 21 tribal police officers who were kidnapped by the Taliban last week in northwestern Pakistan.

The pilgrims were on their way to Shiite holy sites in neighboring Iran when the attack occurred. A pickup truck filled with explosives was detonated by remote control as the pilgrims’ convoy passed by on Sunday morning. The explosion destroyed one bus and damaged the other two. The wounded were taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, Quetta, officials said.

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