The cyclist, who suffered minor wounds, had crossed into
Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan from Iran, they said.
Six guards were wounded.
Police said they did not know why he 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.
Two young Czech women taking the same route by bus were
kidnapped in March and are still being held.
The cyclist and his guards were travelling through Mastung
district when gunmen attacked.
"Six of our security men have been killed trying to save the
Spanish cyclist, who has suffered minor injuries," said Shafqat
Anwar Shawani, the assistant police commissioner for Mastung
district. One attacker was also killed, he said.
In the same district on Tuesday, a bomb targeting a bus killed
24 Shi'ite pilgrims, many of them women and children. Such
sectarian attacks are increasingly common in Pakistan, where
Shi'ites make up 20 percent of the 180 million people.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Shi'ites protested against the bus
bombing by sitting in the road alongside the bodies of the dead
in the provincial capital of Quetta.
The community held similar protests demanding protection after
bombings in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan, killed around 200
people, mostly Shi'ites, last year.
(Reporting by Katharine Houreld;
editing by Nick Macfie)
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