At least seven non-Baloch labourers, mainly from Sindh and FATA, were killed on 14 February 2012 in a targeted attack in Turbat, Balochistan. Another two labourers were injured. According to news reports, the banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Labourers were engaged in construction work in Buleid’s mountainous area when a group of armed men attacked them.
Turbat attack leaves 7 dead, 2 injured
Source: Express Tribune, February 14, 2012
At least seven people were killed and two were injured in Turbat’s Kech district when they came under attack from a group of armed men on Tuesday. According to Balochistan Levies, a group of men armed with sophisticated automatic weapons opened fire on the labourers, who had camped along the under construction road. The assailants also torched the machinery and three company vehicles. The assailants managed to escape after the incident, while the banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Talking to reporters from an unspecified location, BLF spokesperson Duda Baloch said that his organisation carried out the deadly attack and warned that they will target companies involved in construction or exploration (oil and gas) projects.
The deceased and injured had been shifted to the district headquarters hospital.
The victims, belonging to Sindh and Waziristan, were identified as Ahmed Khan Bashir s/o Haleem Khan, Shah Amanullah, Zarman Den, Naseeb Khan, Sheikh Salam, Asmatullah, Rafiullah.
We strongly condemn this act of violence by Baloch militants, particularly in view of the fact that they chose to attack poor, non-Baloch labourers who are as deprived as the majority of the Balochs. It is our considered opinion that acts of violence against on-combatant civilians undermines the Baloch nationalists’ legitimate struggle for equal rights or/and freedom. While we don’t indulge in false neutrality between systematic violence by Pakistan army and its various agencies against the Balochs and the acts of reactionary violence by Baloch nationalists, we strongly condemn all forms of violence by all parties against non-combatant civilians.