2017 Gwadar labourers shooting

On May 13, 2017, two militants of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) riding a motorcycle opened fire on a group of labourers working in Gwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan, working on one of a network of connecting roads that form part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.[1] Ten labourers were killed. A spokesman for the BLA claimed responsibility of attack.[2]

2017 Gawadar labourers shooting
Part of Balochistan conflict
Gwadar is located in Balochistan, Pakistan
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Gwadar (Balochistan, Pakistan)
Gwadar is located in Pakistan
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Gwadar (Pakistan)
Gwadar
LocationPishgan and Gant, Gwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan
DateMay 13, 2017
TargetSindhi labourers working on CPEC
Attack type
Shooting
WeaponsGuns
Deaths10
VictimsLabourers
AssailantBalochistan Liberation Army (claimed responsibility)
No. of participants
2
MotiveBaloch Nationalism

Shooting edit

The two gunmen fired on labourers at Pishgan and Gant, which are 20 kilometres from each other.[3] Eight labourers died on the spot; two died shortly afterwards.[4] According to an eyewitness, both gunmen came from the Pashkun area and they spoke in Balochi. A C-130 aircraft belonging to the Pakistan Air Force was used to fly the labourers to their native areas after the funeral, which was held in Senator Marwoon Ishaq Cricket ground at around 3 pm.[5] Law enforcement agencies rushed to the site of the attack and started a search operation.[6]

Victims edit

Muhammad Khan, Ali Dost, Shuban, Abdul Hakim, Rasool Bakhsh, Waheed, Zaheer, Sadam, and one other labourer were killed. The surviving worker was identified as Hazoor Bakhsh.[7] All of the victims were Sindhi.

Reactions edit

Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sanaullah Zehri condemned the attack saying, "Such coward attacks can't prevent development and prosperity in Gwadar and Balochistan".[8]

References edit

  1. ^ "10 LABOURERS SHOT DEAD BY TERRORISTS IN GWADAR". 92 News. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Gunmen kill 10 labourers in Balochistan's Gwadar". Al Jazeera. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Gunmen kill 10 labourers execution-style in Gwadar". The Express Tribune. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ "8 LABORERS SHOT DEAD BY TERRORISTS IN GWADAR". Radio Pakistan. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ "10 labourers killed in Gwadar as unidentified assailants open fire at construction site". Dawn. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. ^ "10 labourers killed, two injured in gun attack at Gwadar". The Nation. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ "BLA kills 10 Sindhi labourers in Gwadar". The Nation. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  8. ^ "10 workers gunned down at Ganz construction site". Balochistan Express. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.