KARACHI -- A car bomb shattered a bus carrying Chinese engineers to a port project in remote southwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing three in what the government called a terrorist attack.
The Chinese government expressed deep concern and urged more protection for some 400 of its citizens working on the port project in Gawadar.
The attack occurred as the bus was taking at least 12 Chinese to the port, said Sattar Lasi, the chief of police in Gawadar.
The site is about 300 miles west of Karachi, near the border with Iran.
''This is clearly terrorism. The aim was to terrorize the Chinese working at the Gawadar port," said Lal Jan, another senior police official.
Islamic militant groups have targeted foreigners in the past, but never in such a remote part of the country.
Shoaib Suddle, the police chief in Baluchishtan province, said it appeared the bomb was triggered by remote control. Police investigators found fuses and pieces of a cylinder that contained the bomb in the white Suzuki car, said Communications Minister Babar Khan Ghauri.
Only the skeleton of the car remained, and the bus also was heavily damaged, with windows shattered and metal twisted, he said.
Ghafoor Baluch, a fisherman who lives near the scene of the attack, said the explosion shook the walls of his home.
Hours after the blast, Mohammed Sattar, a police official in Gawadar, said police detained two residents for questioning, and that the car, which was used for the attack, had been stolen from Karachi.