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Published:February 28th, 2012 19:24 EST
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UN Chief Ban Condemns Murder Of Bus Passengers In Pakistan

By SOP newswire3

 Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack in Pakistan earlier today in which gunmen reportedly killed 18 people after ordering them off a bus travelling between the capital, Islamabad, and the northern town of Gilgit.

Mr. Ban extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the abhorrent attack, " as well as to the Government of Pakistan, according to a statement issued his spokesperson.

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The United Nations stands by Pakistan in its efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism and extremism, which continues to claim the lives of so many Pakistanis, " the statement added.

Media reports indicated that the assailants checked the identity cards of the passengers apparently to single out those who were killed, suggesting that it was a case of sectarian violence. Some 27 other passengers on the bus were not harmed, according to the reports.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=41406&Cr=pakistan&Cr1=

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