Terrorist Bombing in Gwadar, Pakistan— Chinese Nationals Again Targeted
Aug. 21, 2021 (EIRNS)—A suicide bombing attack wounded three people, including two Chinese nationals in the Pakistan port city of Gwadar, yesterday. The attack also killed two children who were playing nearby. According to news reports, the separatist Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. “BLA carried out a ‘self-sacrificing’ attack against a convoy of Chinese engineers,” the group said in a statement. This follows an attack on a bus in July that killed 13 people in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, nine of whom were Chinese workers. The Chinese embassy in Islamabad condemned the attack and asked Pakistani authorities to upgrade security for Chinese workers in Pakistan.
Elements of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are under construction in both areas, and the port of Gwadar is the southern terminus of the CPEC. “Attack in Gwadar is just another expression of a game of sabotage against the economic vision of the great leadership of China and Pakistan, our enemy cannot undermine our resolve, we will spare no effort to bring the culprits to justice,” Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan, said on Twitter on Aug. 21.