On September 5, a terrorist attack hit the border guards checkpoint in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. At least 4 border service employees were killed, 19 were injured, including two civilians.
The death toll may grow, as some of wounded are in critical condition.
According to reports by the Geo News TV channel, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed a police car and detonated an explosive device near the checkpoint on the Quetta-Mastung road, about 25 kilometers south of Quetta city, the administrative center of Balochistan.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group (the Taliban movement in Pakistan) claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is associated with the Taliban in Afghanistan and is fighting for the creation of an Islamic state in their country. Following the recent developments in Afghanistan, they have increased their activities in Pakistan.
TTP mostly operates in the north-western regions of the country and in the border areas with Afghanistan.
In #Pakistan, at least three soldiers were killed and 20 injured after a suicide bomb attack Sunday. Authorities say the bomber rammed an explosive-laden motorbike into a military convoy in Quetta, the capital of the southwestern Balochistan province. pic.twitter.com/Qjnk1ELt5V
— CGTN Global Watch (@GlobalWatchCGTN) September 6, 2021
However, TTP is not the only threat for the security in the Balochistan region.
Various Baloch separatist groups have been fighting for the independence of the gas and mineral-rich province for two decades. The Baloch Liberation Army and the Baloch Liberation Front are said to be behind most of the recent attacks on the security forces.
The Baloch militant groups are also fighting aginst the growing Chinese influence in the region.
Beijing is currently involved in numerous projects in Balochistan province within the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor, including roads, power plants construction and the development of agriculture in the region. China has played an important role in the development of the Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea.
Amid the instability in Afghanistan that followed the U.S. withdrawal, Pakistan is facing the growing threat of insecurity and activation of various militant groups.
On August 29th, two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a gunfire on the border with Afghanistan. Late on August 8th, a terrorist attack targeted policemen in the city of Quetta. At least 13 people were killed after the bus they were traveling in fell into a ravine in a remote region of northern Pakistan, on July 14.
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