Baloch armed groups have intensified attacks on Pakistan army for more than Three weeks.
According to details received by The Balochistan Post, Pakistan army has been attacked six times in 2 days in different areas of Balochistan. Responsibility of the attacks have been taken by several Baloch pro-independence armed groups.
As per the reports, the security convoy of an oil and gas exploration company was targeted by an IED in Peer-Ghaib area of Bolan on Monday. A security forces’ vehicle was damaged in the attack, Initial reports said.
Later the attack was claimed by the United Baloch Army (UBA). The spokesman for the group, Mureed Baloch, said in a statement issued to the media from an undisclosed location that our fighters hit a convoy of security forces escorting an oil and gas exploration company, with a remote-controlled bomb at Peer-Ghaib in Bolan. “The attack completely destroyed the forces’ vehicle, after that our fighters also attacked other vehicles with rockets and automatic weapons,” he added.
The spokesman said that a large number of security forces and company engineers were killed in the attack.
Mureed Baloch, in his statement warns foreign companies to stop investing in Balochistan. He further said that similar attacks would continue till the independence of Balochistan.
Along with the statement, UBA has also released the photo of the vehicle wrecked in today’s attack.
Whereas, Balochistan Liberation Front, or BLF has claimed two sniper attacks in two days, in Kech district.
BLF spokesperson, Goahram Baloch, claims to have killed two Pakistani army personnel in a sniper attack on Sunday morning. He said the attack was carried out on a checkpost situated at Sangastan Kandag, in Mand.
The second attack, BLF spokesman claimed was carried out in Tump Aziyan area, on Monday. The sniper attack killed one security personnel, he said.
Similarly in last two days, two attacks were claimed by Baloch Republican Army BRA. BRA spokesman, Beebagr Baloch said in a statement to the media that “on Monday morning, our fighters attacked the Pakistani army’s check-post over the Chokap River in Mand area of Kech district. The attack was carried out when army personnel were building new pickets, two army personnel were killed and one was injured in the attack.”
He added that forces from the check post were involved in operations against the Baloch inhabitants of the area.
Whereas, Beebagr Baloch, on Sunday took the responsibility of “eliminating an agent” of Pakistani army in Panjgur city of Balochistan.
“BRA fighters arrested Manzoor, a member of the State’s Death Squad, from Panjgur while he was searching for traces of freedom fighters in a mountain range. The man was already wanted by our organization. After his arrest, Manzoor confessed to all his crimes, according to which he participated in operations alongside the Pakistan military,” said the spokesman.
The spokesman further said that Manzoor had been involved in the martyrdom of Baloch fighters in Parom, Goargo and Kuchag and in the kidnapping of youths by occupying forces.
In another operation on Sunday, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) personnel seized a truck used for supplies to the Pakistan Army in Nowano area of Buleda, while the truck driver and his accomplice were also taken in custody by BLA members.
“Our fighters returned the truck to its owner since he is a Baloch, and set fire to the seized rations. The driver and his accomplice are under investigation. They will be released, if not found guilty of stratagem against Liberation movement,” said Jeeyand Baloch, the spokesman for the organization.
According to local sources, the Pakistan Army has been conducting operations in Mand, and surrounding areas for the past several days, during which raids are being conducted on houses while gunship helicopters have also been spotted at several places.
It may be recalled that in April, Baloch Raji Ajoi Singer (BRAS) carried out a significant attack on a convoy of Pakistani troops and an army check-post on Mount Shiraz area of Mand, killing 12 soldiers on the spot and injuring several others. While the convoy’s military vehicles were destroyed.
BRAS is alliance of BLA, BLF, BRA and BRG. The group is known for its massive attacks on Pakistan Army and other security forces. BRAS has claimed multiple deadly attacks on Pakistani forces in the past, which includes killing 14 navy personnel in an attack, near Gwadar city.
According to the residents of Kech district, a surge has been witnessed in military operations and enforced disappearances in the district after the recent attacks by pro-independence armed forces, specifically the attack on May 8, which killed 6 army personnel, including a major.
The army personnel were in a vehicle which was bombed at Kallag in Tigran area of Kech, while the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The video of the attack was released on the Baloch Liberation Army’s media channel ‘Hakkal’.
According to sources, more than a dozen people have been abducted allegedly by Pakistan army, only in two weeks from Kech district. It is said that majority of the abductees are students.