At least two Pakistani naval officers were killed and three others injured after their vehicle was ambushed by four assailants on two motorbikes in the restive southwestern Balochistan province, the Dawn reported. The officers were transporting iftar items during a routine run from Jiwani city in the Gwadar district when the attack took place. “Four armed men on two motorcycles attacked the Naval vehicle and opened indiscriminate firing on it,” a Baluchistan government official said.
Following the attack, security has been tightened and a search operation was launched in the area to apprehend those involved in the attack. Reflecting on the incident, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri directed the police to submit a report about the “terrorist” incident. “We will not bow down before the terrorists,” Zehri said in his condemnation statement.
No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack on the officers. Baloch nationalists and Islamist militants are infamous for often carrying out attacks against the security forces in the province. The latest incident comes just few days after the ISIS claimed that it had killed two Chinese nationals, who had been kidnapped on May 24th from Jinnah town in Quetta.
Gwadar port and Baluchistan are the integral part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and both countries have agreed to bolster security for the people, including Chinese nationals, working on different projects under the USD 50 billion project.