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Spanish Cyclist's Convoy Attacked in Pakistan

  • Families sit at the back of a van with their belongings while fleeing a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban, as they enter Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Jan. 22, 2014.
  • Police walk along a road to disperse residents during a protest against a search operation after the killings of three polio vaccination workers on Tuesday, in Karachi, Jan. 22, 2014.
  • Relatives of a female polio vaccination worker, who was killed by gunmen, mourn outside a morgue in the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center in Karachi, Jan. 21, 2014.
  • Supporters of Pakistan's People's Party rally to condemn killings of polio workers, in Karachi, Jan. 22, 2014.
  • Relatives and mourners of Shi'ite pilgrims who were killed in a Tuesday bomb blast, protest sitting next to their bodies, in Quetta, Jan. 22, 2014.
  • Shi'ite Muslims sit beside the covered bodies of victims who were killed in Tuesday's bomb attack on a bus, during a protest in Quetta, Jan. 22, 2014.
  • People look at the wreckage of a passenger bus destroyed in a bomb blast in the Mastong district, near Quetta, Jan. 21, 2014.

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VOA News
Pakistani officials have told VOA gunmen opened fire Wednesday on a convoy escorting a Spanish cyclist to Quetta, killing six border security officers.
 
The cyclist, identified in Spanish media as Javier Colorado, was cycling around the world and had entered the volatile Baluchistan province from Iran. Officials say the cyclist and several officers were wounded in Wednesday's attack.
 
The assault took place near the site of a Tuesday bus bombing 60 kilometers west of Quetta that killed at least 28 people, including women and children. The bus was full of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims returning from a trip to Iran.
 
The minority Hazara community is refusing to bury the victims until those responsible for the attack are arrested. The outlawed Sunni militant group Laskar-i-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility.
 
Meanwhile, in the country's north, officials say a bomb attack targeting a security team on its way to a polio vaccination project killed at least seven people. 
 
Officials said those killed in Wednesday's blast in Charsadda district included six police officers and a child.
 
And Pakistani military sources say foreign fighters, including 33 Uzbeks and three Germans, were among the 40 people killed Tuesday in an attack on suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border.
 
Military sources said several terrorist commanders are believed to be among those killed in North Waziristan.
 
The military says all the victims were militants, but local sources say civilians are among the dead. Scores of local villagers fled after they were caught between the militants and government forces.

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