As many as 25 Shia Muslims have been forced out of a bus and killed in a sectarian attack in northern Pakistan.
The killings took place in a remote and mountainous area about 160km (100 miles) north of the capital Islamabad as the bus was travelling from the city of Rawalpindi to the city of Gilgit
According to initial reports, the attack was one of the latest episode of sectarian killings in the country.
Eyewitnesses told police that three armed men separated 22 passengers from others after checking their identity cards. They said they had seen over dozen bodies on the sport.
The bodies have been taken to Mansehra. Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Mehdi Shah had ordered authorities to fly the bodies to their villages through helicopter. He chaired a meeting over law and order and directed police to make strict security arrangement on the sensitive points of roads.
Hundreds of people have been killed in sectarian related terrorist attacks in the country during the last few years.