KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – A remote-controlled bomb exploded on Monday in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing a paramilitary soldier and injuring eight others, police said.
“Initial (investigations) show a motorbike equipped with explosives was used in the explosion,” senior police officer Suhai Aziz told Reuters, adding that the device was detonated via remote control.
The device, planted next to a security service vehicle, also injured six other people who happened to be in the area, according to Karachi police officers.
Separatist rebels from the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the explosion in a statement shared with Reuters.
The group has been battling an insurgency in the southwestern province of Balochistan, targeting security forces and infrastructure and mineral extraction projects that militants say exploit the region at the expense of local residents.
Last June, BLA was responsible for attacks on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, also in the city of Karachi, in which four militants armed with guns and grenades killed two guards and a policeman before security forces killed them.
In 2018, three BLA militants attacked the Chinese consulate in the city, killing four before committing suicide.
The group has allied itself in the past with the Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, another separatist group active in Sindh province, of which Karachi is the largest city. The group killed four people, including two soldiers, in a blast in June 2020, and wounded 30 at a rally against India’s control of Kashmir in August that year.
Written by Umar Farooq; Edited by Paul Simao