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US declares Pakistan’s separatist Baluchistan Liberation Army as terrorist group

Baluchistan has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region's natural resources.

By: AP | Quetta | Published: July 3, 2019 10:52:41 am
Baluchistan Liberation Army organization is alleged to have carried out the attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi in 2018. In the picture, Pakistani security personnel work in the compound of Chinese Consulate (AP)

The United States has declared Pakistan’s separatist Baluchistan Liberation Army organization a terrorist group and says it will seek to deny it resources for planning and carrying out attacks.

The State Department announced the decision Tuesday.

It says the Baluchistan Liberation Army is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and civilians mainly in southwest Pakistan.

It says the group carried out a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Baluchistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack on a luxury hotel in the port town of Gwadar.

Baluchistan has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources.

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