Pakistan: 7 workers shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Gwadar, CM vows to take revenge for ‘open terrorism’

QUETTA: In a tragic incident, unidentified gunmen shot dead seven laborers and injured another in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Thursday while they were sleeping in their residential quarters in Surabandar, Gwadar, according to Dawn. . Police said the workers worked at a barber shop in Surabandar and were from Punjab province. Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfaraz Bugti condemned the killing of the workers and called it an act of “open terrorism”. He expressed condolences to their families and vowed to provide all possible assistance. “We will pursue terrorists and their facilitators,” he said, adding that there is no soft spot for them in Pakistan.

Gwadar Police Station Station House Officer (SHO) Mohsin Ali told Geo News that the terrorists attacked residential quarters near Fish Harbor Jetty in Saraband, Gwadar and opened indiscriminate fire. Ali further said that all the bodies and the injured person have been shifted to Gwadar Hospital.

Bugti said, “Every drop of blood of Pakistanis will be accounted for.” Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Ullah Langou also said that terrorists will be dealt with strictly. “Killing innocent laborers is a cowardly act,” he said. He said that the terrorists will be brought to justice.

11 people killed in Balochistan last month

The incident occurred almost a month after 11 people, including nine passengers, were shot dead by unidentified militants in two separate incidents in the restive Balochistan province. On April 12, armed men stopped a bus on a highway in Noshki district and abducted nine people at gunpoint, police said.

The passengers were stopped and abducted on the national highway from Quetta to Taftan in the province. Police launched a search operation and found their bodies, all shot dead, under a bridge near a hill, Geo News reported. “The bodies of these nine people were later found with bullet wounds near a bridge in the nearby hilly areas,” an official said.

Those killed were from Mandi Bahauddin, Wazirabad and Gujranwala areas of Punjab. Noshki Superintendent of Police (SP) Allah Baksh said, all the deceased were labourers. In another incident, a car was fired upon on the same highway, killing two passengers and injuring two others.

terrorist attacks in balochistan

At least 245 terrorist attacks took place in Pakistan during the first quarter of 2024, mainly in the violence-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, resulting in the deaths of 432 people and 370 civilians, security personnel and insurgents, according to a think tank report. were injured. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan accounted for 86 percent of the attacks and 92 percent of the deaths.

In the first quarter of 2024, Pakistan’s Balochistan province recorded a massive 96 percent increase in violence, from 91 in the last quarter of 2023 to 178 deaths in 2024. However, Sindh saw an increase of nearly 47 percent in violence. The number of deaths was very less. The regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan recorded a reduction in violence of 24 per cent, 85 per cent and 65 per cent respectively.

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