SPECULATION ABOUNDS OVER NEW N KOREA’S ‘TACTICAL GUIDED WEAPON’
North Korea’s abrupt report on the test-firing of a new ‘tactical guided weapon’ is triggering a slew of questions about its type, range and target, not to mention the purpose of its development.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said, leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test launch in the first such event in five months, although it didn’t release a photo of the mysterious weapon.
South Korea’s military scrambled to identify the weapon while appearing blindsided by the test, which came amid Seoul’s push for cross-border confidence-building and conventional arms control.
The new weapon appears to have travelled a short distance at a low-altitude, triggering speculation that it could be a short-range guided missile like the Israeli-made Spike missile with a range of around 20 kilometers, which Seoul has deployed to its northwestern border islands.
14 PASSENGERS SHOT DEAD IN SOUTHWEST PAKISTAN
Gunmen shot dead at least 14 passengers of five to six buses in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan Province.
The gruesome incident took place on a main highway that connects Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi to southwestern strategic Gwadar port, where unidentified assailants in camouflage uniform intercepted five to six passenger buses.
The heavily-armed assailants, first offloaded the passengers and then took 16 with them after checking their identification in remote Buzi Top area.
At least 14 were killed by the gunmen while two managed to escape and reached a nearby security check post.
Security forces have launched an investigation into the incident, including the possible motive, which might be sectarian or linguistic.