Two naval officers killed in Balochistan


Quetta June 20 (TNS): Unknown assaialants riding motorcycles killed two naval officers in the Jewani area of Balochistan, police officials said on Tuesday, near the site of a major Chinese-funded project.

Senior police officer Abdul Hafeez Baloch said four armed men on Monday attacked a vehicle taking food to a naval base in the costal town of Jewani, about 80 km west of the port city of Gwadar.

“One officer died on the spot while another succumbed while being moved to hospital,” Baloch said, adding that three officers were wounded in the attack.

A spokesman for the separatist banned outfit Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

In Balochistan, which has rich mineral and natural gas reserves, work on a large number of Chinese-funded projects is underway.

Beijing has pledged $57 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship “Belt and Road” project that first focused on Chinese firms building roads and power stations but is now expanding to include setting up industries.

Gwadar, which houses a natural deep-water port, is central to the establishment of the corridor and is among the most guarded areas in the country.

In May, BLA insurgents gunned down 13 labourers working on CPEC-linked projects in Balochistan in two separate attacks.

Taliban and other Islamist militants also operate in the province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

Last month, Islamic State militants abducted and killed two Chinese nationals in Quetta.

The attack prompted Pakistan to boost security around Chinese nationals and other foreigners. Reuters


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