Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber kills three people at checkpoint in southwestern Pakistan

Quetta, Pakistan — Police said a suicide bomber exploded a bomb near a security checkpoint in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least three paramilitary groups and injuring 15 others. ..

Senior police officer Azhar Akram said the attackers walked to a checkpoint where the paramilitary Frontier Corps was located on Quetta-Mastung Road, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. Stated. He said parts of his body were found away from the guards after the bombing.

Akram said some of the injured were in crisis and the death toll could increase.

The banned terrorist group Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), also known as Pakistan’s Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the morning attack. This is the first time the TTP has claimed an attack on Pakistani security forces since another organization, the Taliban, took control of neighboring Afghanistan.

Balochistan has also experienced low-level rebellions by Balochistan groups for almost 20 years demanding independence of gas- and mineral-rich states. Most recent attacks on Balochistan security forces have been claimed by the Balochistan group’s PLA and the Balochistan Liberation Front.

Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is a major state in southwestern Pakistan, and China has been working on projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Projects such as road construction, power plants and agricultural development can cost billions of dollars.

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

Last month, a suicide bomber detonated a detonation near a car carrying Chinese workers, killing two Pakistani children playing on the roadside, and the Chinese people and two others in the port city of Gwadar. Injured a Pakistani.

A separatist suspect also threw a grenade at a store selling the Quetta flag last month, killing a man who was buying the flag to celebrate Pakistan’s independence anniversary and injuring four. ..

Abdul Satter