Incidents Cause Casualties and Property Damage
Updated: Feb 02, 2024 09:03 IST
Balochistan, Pakistan – Multiple attacks, including bomb blasts and shootings, have been reported across Balochistan, a province in southwestern Pakistan, ahead of the general elections.
The incidents have resulted in numerous casualties and significant property damage, according to sources. The Balochistan Post has provided detailed accounts of the attacks.
Quetta: Bomb Blast Claims One Life
Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, witnessed a bomb blast near a police post on Sabzal Road. Tragically, the blast resulted in the death of one individual, whose identity remains unknown, as confirmed by local authorities.
Explosions Target Election Office and Police Vehicle
Two consecutive explosions occurred on Qambarani Road in Quetta, specifically targeting the election office of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and a vehicle belonging to the Police Eagle Force. Unidentified individuals utilized hand grenades to attack the PML-N office, while improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used against the Eagle Forces vehicle. Fortunately, no casualties were reported, but the vehicle sustained severe damage.
Electoral Body Takes Notice
In response to these attacks on election candidates, the Pakistan electoral body has taken immediate notice and requested a report from the Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Balochistan.
Attacks on Natural Resource Exploration Companies
In a separate incident, unidentified gunmen attacked a trawler carrying stones on the N-25 highway from Karachi to Quetta. This marks the second attack on natural resource exploration companies within 24 hours on the same highway. Additionally, a hand grenade was hurled at the main gate of the Pakistan Coast Guard’s office, which fortunately did not explode. The bomb disposal squad successfully diffused the grenade.
String of Attacks in Different Districts
Further attacks were reported in various districts of Balochistan. Armed men targeted a coal mine site in Dukki district, abducting two miners, who were later identified as Masood and Haider, residents of Paktia, Afghanistan. The miners expressed concern over the incident and confirmed that the attackers had threatened them to halt their mining activities.
Additional incidents involved attacks on Pakistani forces’ outposts in Noshki district, as well as in Kech district, including Turbat city, Mand, Ginnah, Sami Kalag, and Gwarkop. These attacks have resulted in losses of life and property for the forces, but no official statement has been issued by authorities.
Increasing Frequency of Attacks
Reportedly, in the last 24 hours, more than 29 attacks have taken place on the Pakistani army, election candidates, and natural resources exploration companies in various districts of Balochistan, including Quetta, Khuzdar, Kech, Panjgur, Dukki, Kalat, Noshki, Mastung, and Hub Chowki. The motive behind these attacks remains unknown as no group has claimed responsibility so far.