In a series of well-coordinated assaults, insurgents targeted multiple government offices, including a prison, in the Balochistan province, resulting in over 50 reported casualties.
The attacks unfolded during the late hours of Monday night, January 29th, as disclosed by Pakistani authorities and confirmed by government sources cited by the Dan newspaper.
Jaan Achakzai, Balochistan’s Information Minister, took to social media to announce that security forces successfully thwarted the semi-military attack by insurgents in the “Mach-Bolan” region. He reassured the public, stating, “No damage has been inflicted on any facilities, and our security forces have emerged unscathed. The terrorists have withdrawn and are currently being pursued by our security forces.”
Despite official claims of no casualties, some independent news outlets report a death toll of at least 50 individuals as a result of the assault. Information regarding the identities of the casualties remains undisclosed.
Reports indicate that the insurgents breached a military center following an initial explosion. Consequently, all hospitals in the Mach-Bolan region and the city of Quetta have been placed on high alert.
Sources also reveal that the insurgents have gained control over certain areas within the region.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for the attack, marking a concerning escalation in recent hostilities involving armed groups like the Baloch Liberation Army and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan against the Pakistani military.
These developments unfold against the backdrop of the upcoming nationwide elections in Pakistan, with just 10 days remaining until the scheduled polling. The heightened security situation raises concerns about the potential impact on the electoral process.