Bodies of 15 illegal immigrants found in SW Pakistan

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Updated 15 November 2017

Bodies of 15 illegal immigrants found in SW Pakistan

QUETTA: The bullet-riddled bodies of 15 Pakistani illegal migrants were found near the Iranian border in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province Wednesday, officials said.
The migrants, found in the district of Ketch, were apparently taken from their vehicle and shot at point blank range, senior administration official Akbar Harifal told AFP.
“All of them are ethnic Punjabis who were illegally traveling to Iran,” he said.
The incident was confirmed by the the spokesperson of the provincial government, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar.
“It seems to be the work of separatist groups,” he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Baloch separatists have regularly targeted ethnic Punjabi workers, accusing them of depriving the province of profits.
Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is Pakistan’s most restive province, afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence, and the separatist insurgency.


New Zealand volcano spews ash plume in eruption, several injured

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New Zealand volcano spews ash plume in eruption, several injured

  • As many as 100 people were in the vicinity when the eruption began
  • The White Island volcano is one of New Zealand’s most active
WELLINGTON: A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying tourists were among several people unaccounted for as emergency services mounted a rescue operation.
As many as 100 people were in the vicinity when the eruption began about 2:11 p.m. (0111 GMT) on White Island, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island, authorities said, sending up smoke visible from the mainland.
“We believe 100 people were on or around the island,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference, adding that a rescue operation had begun, although it was too early to confirm any injuries or deaths.
“A number of people are reportedly injured and are now being transported to shore,” she added. “It does appear to be a very significant issue...particularly the scale of people affected, at this stage.”
Many of those affected could be tourists, she said.
“I’m not sure if these people were on the island or near it, but there was definitely one group out there and they definitely needed medical care,” said Judy Turner, the mayor of the coastal town of Whakatāne, near White Island.
“There were some injuries and the focus is on getting these injured people back safely and to get them to a hospital.”
There seemed to be no danger for people in coastal areas farther away, she added.
The island’s immediate surroundings were hazardous because of the eruption, the National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement, adding that falling ash might affect some areas.
The “short-lived eruption” threw an ash plume about 12,000 ft (3,658 m) high, New Zealand’s geoscience agency GNS Science said in a statement, but added there were no current signs of an escalation.
The White Island volcano is one of New Zealand’s most active.