Gunmen Kill Six Guards Protecting Spanish Cyclist in Pakistan’s Violent West
Javiar Colorado was going to bicycle around the world.
Then he reached Pakistan.
Javiar Colorado poses with his bike in Iran before the attack in Baluchistan.
Javiar Colorado blogs for Men’s Health at Colorado on the Road.
Gunmen on Wednesday shot dead six guards protecting a Spanish round-the-world cyclist in a violent and remote area of western Pakistan where a bus bomb killed 24 Shi’ite pilgrims a day earlier, police said.
The cyclist, identified as Javier Colorado, suffered minor wounds, police said, but his family said he was unhurt. He had crossed into Pakistan’s western province of Baluchistan from Iran, they said. Six guards were wounded.
According to Colorado’s Facebook page, he was planning to cycle around the world. Early on Wednesday, he posted “Adios Iran, Hola Pakistan” on his page.
Colorado’s family also posted a message on his Facebook several hours after the attack:
“This is a message from Javier Colorado’s family. In the first place we want to thank the Spanish consulate in Pakistan for all their help. We’ve received a call from the embassy and they have informed us that Javier is well and not hurt. Today he will fly to Lahore, on the border with India. His initial intent is to continue his trip.”
Police said they did not know why Colorado was cycling through such a dangerous area.
He was assigned the escort by security forces because the province is plagued by kidnappers, Taliban militants, a violent separatist insurgency, sectarian killers, paramilitary death squads and drug traffickers.
According to his Facebook page Javiar wants to continue his trip.