Baloch Liberation Army claims responsibility
At least 10 labourers were killed in Gwadar district on Saturday as unidentified assailants opened fire at the construction site where they were working, Levies sources said. One labourer is said to have been injured in one of the attacks.
The incidents took place in the Pishgan and Guns Road area of Gwadar where the labourers were working on construction projects.
As a result, nine labourers namely Muhammad Khan, Ali Dost, Shahband, Abdul Hakeem, Rasool Bakhsh, Abdul Waheed, Zaheer Ahmed, Muhammad Sadam and Muhammad Asif died while two other received wounds.
One of the injured labourers succumbed to gunshot wounds while they were being rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital.
Local administration official Munir Zamari told media there were two gunmen riding on motorbikes who opened fire on the construction workers at the site.
A spokesman for the separatist Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the incident in a telephone call to a media house.
The assailants attacked the men at two separate construction sites three kilometres apart along the same road. They then fled the scene.
“All the labourers were shot at close range,” said senior levies official Muhammad Zareef.
The slain labourers belonged to Naushahro Feroze district.
Rescuers, police, and paramilitary troops were dispatched to Pishgan and Gant Road where gunmen targeted Labourers.
The attack comes a day after suicide bombing targeting a convoy of JUI-F leader and Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri killed 26 people in Mustung.
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti termed the incident an attack on Pakistanis, saying the perpetrators will be brought to book. He added that it seems that RAW-funded terrorists are behind the attack. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have condemned the killing of innocent labourers, saying every step will be taken to bring peace to Balochistan.
Meanwhile, head of the Edhi Welfare Organisation, Faisal Edhi, said their ambulances have departed from Karachi and will be bringing back the labourers’ bodies. He added that the convoy includes a cold storage van.