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Nov 25, 2008

Lashkar-e-Balochistan Strikes

Lashkar-e-Balochistan has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on the first anniversary of Balach Marri's death. They include:

  • Blowing up an FC vehicle with a remote controlled device in Chaki Shawani area of Quetta , killing 3 FC (Frontier Corps) personnel and critically injuring five. The powerful blast rocked the entire area, damaging several nearby shops and buildings in the area.
  • Blowing up another FC truck in Khuzdar, killing several FC personnel on board. The deadly blast rocked the entire area. The assailants managed to escape.
  • Attacking an Army convoy with a poweful blast on the RCD Highway in Khuzdar and damaging a bridge. The explosion occured under a bridge in Khuzdar, partially damaging the bridge and causing damage to the vehicles. No details regarding confirmed casualties were reported.
  • Firing at least 4 rockets which landed inside the FC fort in Wadh, causing severe damage to the building. No casualties were reported at the time. Talking to newsmen from an unknown location, the spokesman for the organisation Mir Lavang Baloch, claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Attacking officials of the Military Intelligence with automatic weapons outside the Quetta Press Club. However, the officials managed to escape unhurt.

Talking to the press from an unknown location via satelite phone, spokesman for the organisation, Mir Lavang Baloch, claimed responsibilty for the attacks. The attacks marked the 1st martyrdom anniversary of Baloch leader Nawabzada Balach Marri.

It should also be noted that the Lashkar-e-Balochistan has recently claimed responsibilty for a number of other attacks in recent days, some of which include attacking FC personnel on two separate occasions, including blowing up an FC vehicle on the Karachi- Quetta Highway and killing two FC personnel. In another attack in Wadh, two FC personnel riding a motorcycle were also killed. Baloch freedom fighers also showered rockets on a military checkpost and the Frontier Corps camp near Wadh which was reported to have caused damage to the building.

The organisation has carried out attacks in various parts of Balochistan despite a ceasfire by three Baloch militant organisations.