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Pakistan: Improvised explosive device (IED) kills six Pakistani troops in Kech district (Balochistan province) May 8

Pakistan News Alert

Improvised explosive device (IED) kills six Pakistani troops in Kech district (Balochistan province) on May 8; further attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/8/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/16/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Kech district (Balochistan province)

Event

Six security personnel were killed on Friday, May 8, after a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) detonated, striking a patrol vehicle from Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corp. The incident took place in the Buleda area of Kech district (Balochistan province). No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.

Similar attacks are possible in Balochistan province over the near term.

Context

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Advice

Individuals in Kech (Balochistan province) are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities.

Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan as foreign nationals, and Westerners, in particular, may be directly targeted. 

 

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