By Shezad Baloch
February 3, 2015
Levies official says armed men kidnapped and fled the scene in their pick up van.
QUETTA: Armed militants abducted six officials, including an assistant engineer, supervisors and their driver from the site of an under construction dam near Kech and Gwadar districts on Monday.
According to paramilitary force officials, a dozen armed men carried out an audacious gun attack on the construction site in Shadi Khor, before abducting the construction workers.
“The armed men kidnapped six people from the site and fled the scene in their pick up van,” a Levies official confirmed while talking to The Express Tribune. Within hours of the incident, the outlawed Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.
In a terse statement issued after the attack, Sarbaz Baloch, a spokesperson for the banned separatist group said “BRA carried out the attack.” Baloch also claimed that his group had blown up gas pipelines near Jaffarabad and Sohbatpur.
Levies officials in Turbat and Gwadar have opened an investigation into the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2015.
Insurgents kill one, kidnap five in Balochistan
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Karachi: Suspected insurgents killed one employee and kidnapped five others in two separate incidents in the coastal region of Pakistan's troubled Balochistan province, police said on Tuesday.
In the first incident, masked gunmen riding on motorcycles barged into the Quetta Electric Supply Corporation Grid Station in the port city of Gwadar and opened indiscriminate fire, killing one employee on the spot.
In the second incident, armed men kidnapped five officials of the Irrigation department in the Shadi Core area near the Makran Coastal belt in the province.
The employees were working on a Dam project when they were kidnapped and taken away to an unknown destination.
A spokesman of the Baluch Republican Army claimed they had carried out the kidnapping and the officials included a high ranking engineer.
"We carried out the kidnapping as part of our campaign to free the province," spokesman Sarbaz Baluch told a television channel yesterday.
Insurgents have increased their strikes at government installations and have either killed or kidnapped government officials.