At least six paramilitary soldiers were killed and four others were wounded after a roadside bomb struck their vehicle during a routine patrol on Monday, May 18, in Bolan district (Balochistan province). According to reports, the incident occurred approximately 80 km (50 mi) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta on Monday evening (local time). No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Similar attacks are possible in Balochistan province over the near term.
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.
Individuals in Balochistan province are advised to avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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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