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Unidentified gunmen shot and killed at least seven workers in province of Balochistan in Gwadar

Pakistan: 7 workers shot dead in their sleep in Balochistan
Pakistan: 7 workers shot dead in their sleep in Balochistan

Police said gunmen stormed into a house near south Balochistan’s Gwadar city and shot workers in an apparent ethnic attack. The victims were originally from Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed at least seven workers in province of Balochistan, police said on Thursday.

According to police official Mohsin Ali, gunmen stormed into a house some 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of the port city of Gwadar, and shot the workers while they were asleep.

The coastal town of Gwadar is the site of several Beijing-backed projects under 

 investment, which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Incident follows similar attack last month

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the killings, it follows a pattern of ethnically-motivated attacks in the restive Balochistan province.

Last month, the so-called Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for killing several workers who were abducted from a bus on a highway.

Baloch ethnicity and nationalism
Baloch ethnicity and nationalism

Balochistan, a mineral-rich region, is home to a decades-old insurgency led by ethnic Baloch guerillas fighting the government.

The separatists, who oppose Chinese investments, have long complained that they do not get a fair share of the province’s profits.

The Baloch are an ethnic group living on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border and into parts of southern Afghanistan in an area roughly the size of France. The Pakistani province of Balochistan forms the largest part.

Balochs accuse both governments of systematic discrimination and plundering their region. Several groups of militant insurgents have carried out attacks on both sides of the border.

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