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.


In Bolivia desperate family leaves coffin in the street

Updated 04 July 2020

In Bolivia desperate family leaves coffin in the street

  • The Andean nation has reported 36,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths

LA PAZ, Bolivia: The rising toll of COVID-19 deaths is overwhelming the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, where desperate relatives of one apparent victim of the new coronavirus left his coffin in the street for several hours on Saturday to protest difficulties in getting him buried.
Neighbor Remberto Arnez said the 62-year-old man had died on Sunday and his body had been in his home ever since, “but that’s risky because of the possible contagion.”
After a few hours, funeral workers showed up and took the coffin to a cemetery.
Police Col. Iván Rojas told a news conference that the city is collecting “about 17 bodies a day. This is collapsing the police personnel and funeral workers” in the city of some 630,000 people.
“The crematorium oven is small, that that is where the bodies are collecting,” said national Labor Minister Óscar Mercado, who told reporters that officials were preparing 250 new burial plots in the city’s main cemetery.
The Andean nation has reported 36,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths.