Pakistani suicide bomber targets Chinese workers, killing two children


On August 20, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive near a vehicle carrying Chinese workers in southwestern Pakistan, killing two Pakistani children playing by the roadside, according to the Ministry of Interior and police.

The attack in Balochistan injured a Chinese and two other Pakistanis. Hours after the bombing, the separatist PLA Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the bombing in the port city of Gwadar.

Police said Chinese workers were traveling in three vehicles and were escorted by security forces. When the officer tried to intercept him, the attacker exploded his device.

This region is an important district in southwestern Pakistan where Chinese are working on projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Projects, including power plants for road construction and agricultural development, cost billions of dollars.

The Chinese administration has played an important role in the development of Gwadar’s deep-sea port in the Arabian Sea in recent years. However, there were some attacks on Pakistanis and Chinese working for the Economic Corridor project.

Last month, a bus carrying Pakistani and Chinese workers fell into a canyon in northwestern Pakistan after a suicide bomber targeted a vehicle. Nine Chinese and four Pakistanis were killed in an attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Afghanistan.

Abdul Satter

Associated Press