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12 Nov 2020 | 09:34 PM UTC

Pakistan: Grenade attack targets police officer in Quetta November 12

Pakistan News Alert

Grenade attack wounds three police personnel and two civilians in Quetta (Balochistan province) on November 12; heightened security presence likely over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Quetta, Balochistan

Event

A grenade was thrown at a police vehicle on Spini Road in Quetta (Balochistan province) on Wednesday, November 12. Initial reports indicate that three police personnel and two civilian bystanders were wounded in the attack. No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the incident.

A heightened security presence, including additional checkpoints and road closures, are likely in the vicinity of the incident in the near term.

Context

Extremist Islamist groups, including the terrorist organization Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TPP) and various terrorist groups under its umbrella, continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border.

Advice

Those in Quetta are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and report any suspicious items or activity to security forces.

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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