Four policemen killed in gunbattle with militants in Pakistan’s Balochistan

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
2 min read

Four policemen were killed Tuesday in a gunbattle with militants in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, police said, hours after four people died in a bomb blast in the region’s capital.

Militants identified by police as being from the Pakistan Taliban opened fire on a pre-dawn patrol in Kuchlak, officials said, and were still on the run.

“Militants opened fire on a police team from a compound killing four policemen,” senior local police official Muhammad Zohaib told AFP.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

“One terrorist was also killed during the exchange of fire, while the remainder escaped.”

Counter-terrorism department official Aitzaz Goraya said the militants were from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is separate from Afghanistan’s Taliban but shares a similar ideology.

On Monday, four people were killed - two police and two civilians - by a motorcycle bomb in a busy market of Balochistan’s capital, Quetta.

That attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army.

Pakistan has been battling a years-long insurgency by militants in Balochistan who are demanding a bigger share of the province’s wealth, as well as attacks by the Pakistan Taliban.

Tensions in the province, bordering Iran and Afghanistan, have been stoked by a flood of Chinese investment under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative that locals say has not benefited them.

China is investing in the area under a $54 billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, upgrading infrastructure, power and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and Pakistan’s Gwadar port.

Read more:

Pakistanis living abroad sent $2.5 bln home in March, responding to govt appeal

Pakistan Finance Minister Dar cancels US trip due to political crisis

Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility as bomb kills two soldiers in northwest

Top Content Trending