Six paramilitary soldiers were killed and four others injured Pakistan the restive province of southwestern Balochistan in a roadside bomb attack on their vehicle, officials said Tuesday morning.
The incident took place in the hilly area of Bolan district, about 80 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital of Quetta on Monday night.
“Six Border Corps personnel were killed in a roadside bomb explosion while four others were injured and sent to the hospital,” Deputy Commissioner Bolan Murad Kasi told AFP.
The bomb hit a vehicle during a routine patrol, he added.
Not group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Baluch separatists who demanded more autonomy have been waging a rebellion for years while the province was also engulfed in sectarian strife and Islamic violence.
Six soldiers were killed in a similar roadside bomb explosion earlier this month. The incident was later claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army, a Baloch separatist group.
The mineral-rich Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces, but around seven million residents have long complained that they do not receive a fair share of their gas and mineral wealth.
China invests in area under a $ 54 billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), improved infrastructure, strength and transport links between the far-southwest Xinjiang region and the port of Gwadar Pakistan.
Thousands of paramilitary troops conduct security checks and assist police in maintaining law and order in Pakistan’s turbulent regions.
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