Attack in Pakistan kills 6 police, wounds Spaniard

Associated Press
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People look at the wreckage of a passenger bus destroyed in a bomb blast in the Mastong district, near Quetta, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. A roadside car bomb hit a bus of Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran, killing several people and wounding many, in restive Baluchistan province, said a top security official. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says gunmen have opened fire at a group of tribal police escorting a Spanish cyclist, killing six policemen and wounding the Spaniard.

The police official, Mohammad Ibrahim, says the attack took place in the district of Mastung in the impoverished southern Baluchistan province.

Ibrahim says nine officers were also wounded in Wednesday's attack.

More than a dozen tribal policemen were escorting the Spanish cyclist who was touring the country. His name was not immediately available. It's customary in Pakistan to have police escort foreigners.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Separatists have waged an insurgency in Baluchistan for a greater share of the province's wealth and resources. The province is also believed to be a hiding place for Pakistani militants and the Afghan Taliban.