Militants targeted a convoy of oil and gas workers in Pakistan’s turbulent southwestern province of Balochistan, killing 15 people, including eight soldiers. The convoy was under the protection of paramilitary forces. The Balochistan Liberation Front initially claimed responsibility for the attack. But another militant organization later claimed the attack.
According to Radio Pakistan’s news, Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the attack and sought a report on it. Khan has expressed condolences to the bereaved families.
The attack took place on Thursday at the Government Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) personnel in the town of Ormara in Gwadar district.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media arm of the Pakistan Army, confirmed the incident and said militants were also damaged in the shootout during the attack. The attack killed eight soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC) and seven private security guards.
A top police officer in Gwadar said, “The militants attacked the convoy from the mountains near Oramara on the Balochistan-Hub-Karachi coastal highway. There was heavy firing from both sides during the incident. The convoy was returning to Karachi from Gwadar. “
He said that this attack has been done by plotting and informed the terrorists about the convoy going to Karachi. They were waiting for the convoy. Other FC personnel were able to secure the convoy.
Gwadar Bandar is important in the main development projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and officials of government institutions and foreign workers work here under heavy security.
When military dictator Ziaul Haq took over Pakistan’s power, he spoke to Baloch leaders and called off an undisclosed ceasefire with the terrorist organization. This organization mainly consists of the fighters of these two tribes, Miri and Bugti of Pakistan.
The Balochistan Liberation Army started in the 1970s under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s reign. This terrorist organization had also plagued the Pakistani Army in the areas of Balochistan at that time.