Today, Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated explosive devices near a checkpoint in the volatile southwestern Pakistan, killing at least three security forces and injuring 15 others.
Azhar Akram, a senior police officer, said the attacker headed to the paramilitary Frontier Corps checkpoint on Quetta Mastung Road, which is about 25 kilometers south of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. noting that his remains were found a short distance from the security site after the bombing. Akram explained that some of the injured are in critical conditions and that the death toll is likely to rise.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for this morning’s bombing, but Baloch separatist groups He claimed responsibility for similar attacks on the security forces.
The outlawed Baloch Liberation Army and the Baloch Liberation Front have been leading a low-level insurgency for nearly two decades to demand the independence of the region, which is rich in gas and minerals. There is also a presence of Islamic militants in the region.
Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is a key province in southwestern Pakistan, where China is working on projects related to the China-Pakistan economic corridor. The projects, which included the construction of roads, power plants and agricultural development, cost billions of dollars.
In recent years, China has also played an important role in the development of the port in deep waters of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea. But the region has seen attacks on Pakistanis and Chinese working on economic corridor projects.
Last month, a suicide bomber detonated explosive devices near aauto carrying Chinese workers, killing two Pakistani children playing on the roadside and injuring a Chinese and two other Pakistanis in the coastal city of Gwadar.
And last month, suspected separatists threw a grenade at a shop selling national flags in Quetta, killing one man and injuring four others who bought flags to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.
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