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Turbat massacre survivor reaches home.

Sumbrial -- The sole survivor of the November 15 Turbat massacre reached home in his village in the Sambrial town of Sialkot district, Punjab on Monday. Haider Ali, 16, was accompanying the 15 people who were found shot dead by the Levies in the Buleda area of Turbat near the Pakistan-Iran border of Gurok.

The banned Baloch Liberation Front, headed by Allah Nazar Baloch, claimed responsibility for the killings of the 15 men from Punjab, aspiring to enter Europe illegally. Haider was left behind during the journey when the vehicle carrying the others departed while he was using the bathroom. He contacted his family to tell them that he was alive.

Haider and two other teenagers from his village were trying to reach Europe after paying an agent. Three days after the 15 young men were shot dead, five more bullet-riddled bodies were found in Tajban area, some 70 kilometres east of Turbat city. Like the victims of the November 15 massacre, all the people killed on November 18 also belonged to Punjab and were apparently illegal immigrants, who wanted to cross into Iran en route to Europe.

After bullet-riddled bodies found, operation against militants launched in Quetta. The mountainous region of Buleda is 600 kilometres south of Quetta. From here the human traffickers compel people to sneak into Iran in bid to enter Europe illegally.

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Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
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Date:Nov 21, 2017
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