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18 Feb 2019 | 04:26 PM UTC

Pakistan: Militants kill four paramilitary soldiers in Balochistan February 17

Pakistan News Alert

Suspected separatist gunmen kill four paramilitary soldiers in Panjgur district (Balochistan province) February 17; similar attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Panjgur (Balochistan province)

Event

Unidentified gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Panjgur district (Balochistan province) on Sunday, February 17, killing at least four Frontier Corps (FC) paramilitary soldiers and wounding several others. Security forces cordoned off the site and launched a search for the militants following the assault. A separatist Baloch militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to unconfirmed reports. Similar attacks are possible in Balochistan province over the near term.

Context

The southwestern province of Balochistan has experienced a low-level insurgency waged by Baloch nationalists intermittently since 1948. Multiple Baloch separatist groups, such as the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) and the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), demand increased political autonomy for the Baloch people in Pakistan and control over natural resources within the province.

Advice

Individuals in Balochistan province are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. As a reminder, due to the high threat of terrorism, kidnapping, and sectarian violence throughout the country, many Western governments advise their citizens against nonessential travel to Pakistan, except to the capital Islamabad.

 

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