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Pakistan: A Deadly suicide attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Chinese nationals

ByAnubhav Sharma

Mar 26, 2024
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A suicide attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan has resulted in the deaths of six Chinese nationals. It is reported that the attackers targeted their convoy. According to local media reports, the incident occurred in the Besham area of the Shangla district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The police stated that the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the convoy of Chinese nationals.

Local police officials have confirmed the deaths of “five foreign engineers and their driver” in the attack. Several others are reported to have been injured in the incident. The local police revealed that the attack took place while the Chinese nationals were travelling from Islamabad to Kohistan. The assailant allegedly rammed their car, causing it to plunge into a ravine.

The media reports suggest that all the Chinese engineers were heading towards their camp in Dasu. Dasu has been a target of terrorists before, with a major attack occurring in 2021, resulting in the deaths of 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, in an attack on a bus. According to local reports, the assailants targeted a naval airbase, resulting in the death of a soldier. The airbase is crucial for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The port has also been targeted by terrorists

Terrorist attacks are frequent in Pakistan. Earlier on March 20, fighters of the Balochistan Liberation Army targeted the Gwadar port. Pakistan is developing this port with the help of China, a move that has been opposed by the local Baloch population. Chinese nationals are often targeted by groups like the BLA or Balochistan Liberation Army in Balochistan.

Chinese under the BLA’s target in Balochistan

For decades, the local population in Balochistan has been protesting against the Pakistani government, yet despite this, China has invested heavily in the region. For example, China is building an economic corridor from Pakistan to its own country, which involves the development of areas around Gwadar Port. A significant part of Balochistan is part of the CPEC project, which the Balochistan Liberation Army(BLA) opposes and attacks regularly.

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