BALOCHSITAN: Unknown assailants gunned down Superintendent Police (SP) Quaid Abad Police Station, Mubarak Shah along with his three gunmen near Killi Deba area of Quetta, Aaj News reported on Thursday.
According to reports, SP Mubarak was on his way to office when unknown assailants opened ‘indiscriminate’ firing on his vehicle.
As a result SP Quaid Abad along with four police personnel was martyred while one personnel sustained wounds. Initial reports suggested by Police has termed this malicious act as targeted killing.
Security forces have reached the area and an investigation has been kicked off to unfold the complete whereabouts of this incident.
Dead bodies and injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.
On July 6, terrorist riding motorcycles killed two naval officers in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan, near the site of a major Chinese-funded project.
Balochistan, which has rich mineral and natural gas reserves but remains Pakistan’s poorest province, is the site of long-running rebellion by separatists who argue the state is taking over their lands and have targeted Chinese-funded projects.
Beijing has pledged $57 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship “Belt and Road” project that first focused on Chinese firms building roads and power stations but is now expanding to include setting up industries.
Gwadar, which houses a natural deep-water port, is central to the establishment of the corridor and is among the most guarded areas in the country.
In May, BLA insurgents gunned down 13 Pakistani labourers working on CPEC-linked projects in Balochistan in two separate attacks.
Taliban and other Islamist militants also operate in the province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.
Last month, Islamic State militants abducted and killed two Chinese nationals in Quetta, Balochistan’s provincial capital.