Atleast 9 Pakistani soldiers killed in suicide attack, Baloch rebels claim responsibility

Within days from the suicide attack on the vehicle of CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, Pakistani Army had to face a similar fate on Sunday. At least 9 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a suicide attack for which Baloch rebels have claimed responsibility.

According to a report in The Balochistan Post, the Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) have claimed responsibility for the attack between Turbat and Panjgur, on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route. The attack occurred hours before the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Pakistan.

Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) is an alliance of three Baloch pro-freedom organisations, Baloch Liberation Army, Balochistan Liberation Front and Baloch Republican Guard.

The report quoted Baloch Khan, the spokesperson for BRAS, as saying that their fighters had attacked the Pakistani security forces patrolling team and a camp at the same time on Sunday morning on CPEC route between Panjgur and Turbat city.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions in the sub-continent after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, where a 20-year-old youth rammed an explosives-laden SUV into a convoy of CRPF, killing 40 personnel.