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Balochistan Timeline - 2015

Date

Incidents

January 1

A FC official was killed and three others injured after their vehicle was bombed at the Harnae Phatak close to Police Line in Sibi town of same District in Balochistan in the morning. According to police officials, unidentified militants attached an IED to a tree near a graveyard close to Police Line. The militants detonated the IED by a remote device when FC vehicle passed by the area. As a result of the explosion, FC solider Mohammed Luqman died on the spot while three other personnel sustained wounds.

A suspected TTP militant, involved in the attack on a Levies Thana in Zhob District, was killed in an exchange of fire with Security Forces. Official sources said that a group of armed militants attacked the Levies Thana in Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob District and ransacked it before setting it on fire. The attackers were fleeing when FC troops reached there and opened fire on them. In the heavy exchange of fire, one attacker died.

FC personnel arrested a militant 'commander' and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession from Barkhan District.

January 2

The FC claimed to have killed four suspected militants in the Naal area of Khuzdar District. One FC trooper was also killed during an exchange of fire with suspected militants. FC's spokesman (Balochistan) said several suspected militants were also arrested during the operation. The forces also seized weapons and arms from the possession of militants during the action.

January 3

Law Enforcement Agencies, including Police, FC, Balochistan Levies and Intelligence Agencies in a joint raid launched a crackdown against stores openly selling hate literature and materials allegedly promoting militancy in Kuchlak area of Quetta. At least 40 shopkeepers were detained in Quetta for interrogation, while dozens were arrested from other parts of the Province during the raids.

January 4

FC and paramilitary force foiled a major terror bid in Sibi District by defusing an IED planted in a motorcycle parked on the road where a procession in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet's birth anniversary) was scheduled to pass. According to sources in FC, militants had planted four kilogram of explosives in the motorcycle to target the procession. "Major terror bid was foiled prior to the arrival of procession," they said.

One FC soldier was injured during an exchange of fire with the militants in Ziarat District. Later, the SFs arrested two TTP militants and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. "The arrested militants belong to TTP," sources claimed.

January 5

An unidentified man was killed in a bomb blast in Musa Colony on Sariab Road in Quetta. Imran Qureshi, the SP Sariab said, "The blast has severely damaged the dead person’s face."

TTP militants abducted nine people, including four Government Officials, in two separate incidents from Zhob District. In the first incident, militants intercepted a Zhob-bound passenger bus coming from Quetta and took away five people with them. Sources said the kidnappers checked national identity cards of the passengers and separated five people, including four Government Officials and a student of Bolan Medical College, from the others. In the second incident of kidnapping, the militants abducted four other people, who were travelling to Quetta from Islamabad.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that eight militants, including a 'commander' of a banned outfit, were killed and 15 others were detained while two camps were busted in week-long operations launched in Panjgur and Kalat Districts of the province. Search is also in progress in Zhob and its adjoining areas to trace nine people who were kidnapped by unidentified armed assailants in Zhob District. “There is zero-tolerance towards terrorism, and stern action would be taken against all R&AW and NDS funded armed Lashkars,” said Mir Sarfaraz Bugti.

January 7

Unidentified assailants shot dead four labourers while leaving another injured on the Qambarani Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Several people including Afghan nationals were arrested in a search operation by law enforcing agencies in Quetta.

Two Levies personnel were killed and five others sustained injuries when unidentified assailants attack the paramilitary force vehicle in Jhao tehsil in Awaran District.

The bullet-riddled body of an officer of Pakistan Air Force, Liaquat Ali Khan, was found near a village in Qila Saifullah District. The officer was kidnapped along with four other people on January 4 from an area between Quetta and Zhob when they were coming from Islamabad in a rented car. The body with bullet wounds in the head was thrown on a road. The PAF officer Liaquat Ali Khan belongs to Talagang area in Punjab. The TTP claimed responsibility for killing the officer and kidnapping nine people in Qila Saifullah District.

January 9

At least three soldiers of FC were killed and five others sustained injuries when their convoy came under gun and rocket attack in a remote hilly area of Santsar in Gwadar District of Balochistan. A security convoy was on its routine patrolling in Santsar area when unidentified militants, armed with rockets and sophisticated weapons, attacked the military vehicles.

Unidentified militants blew up railway track with explosive material in Jaffarabad town of same District, suspending the train services. According to FC sources, some unidentified militants planted explosive device at railway track which went off with big bang, due to which a deep crater was developed by destroying the tracked.

January 11

An employee of the FWO was injured in a blast in Tajaban area of Kech District in Balochistan. Security officials said the blast occurred near a vehicle of FWO personnel when they were working on the under-construction Gwadar-Turbat-Reto-Dero national highway.

One person sustained injuries in a landmine blast in Jori area of Dera Bugti District. As per details, the blast took place when one farmer, who was watering the fields, put unconsciously his foot on the landmine injuring him.

A remote-controlled bomb was planted to target a police mobile at Mustang Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. However, no human loss was reported as a result of the explosion.

Unidentified assailants abducted two trader brothers in Guldar Baghicha near Chaman area of Killa Saifullah District. According to Levies force, the victims were on way to their shop from house in a vehicle when some armed men intercepted them. They took away them along with their vehicle to an unidentified destination on gunpoint.

SFs detained at least nine suspects including one suicide attacker and three members of TTP Swat group in Quetta. According to the sources, SFs on a tip off, raided three different areas of Quetta and taken as many as nine suspects into custody.

January 12

Seven personnel of the FC were killed and one injured when militants attacked a checkpost of the SFs in the Mekhtar area of Loralai District in Balochistan. The FC officials said that around 40 militants armed with automatic weapons attacked the FC checkpost. As a result, all the eight personnel of the force sustained multiple bullet injuries and seven of them died on the spot. The FC personnel launched a counter attack, killing one attacker and injuring many others.

The Supreme Court directed the Federal Government to come up with details in 10 days about the number of missing persons in the country. The directive was issued by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja which had taken up an application of Nasrullah Baloch, Chairman of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, seeking an order for his protection. During the hearing, Mr Baloch alleged that the mutilated bodies found in different areas of Balochistan were buried within two or three days instead of handing them over to the families. The identity of these defaced bodies, he said, remained a mystery and even their relatives would not recognise them if handed over.

He regretted that there was no mortuary to preserve such bodies and said that earlier the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta had such a facility but it had been closed down. The court asked the advocate general of Balochistan to submit a report on the procedure of handing over such bodies to the families and the number of hospitals and mortuaries functioning in the province. The other three provinces have also been directed to submit similar reports. Describing the enforced disappearances as a national issue, Justice Khawaja said the matter must be addressed amicably. The court directed Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to submit comprehensive data about the number of missing persons in the country.

According to media reports, the CIED was seized with 1,265 cases as of Dec 31. But the Defence of Human Rights claims that the total number of cases of missing persons is 5,149 and 252 of them surfaced in 2014 alone.

January 14

Quetta ATC, headed by judge Aftab Ahmed Lone, indicted former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf and two other nominated accused in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case of August 26, 2006. The other two indicted by the Court include former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Home Minister Mir Shoaib Nosherwani.

Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Shoaib Nosherwani were present in the court during the hearing while counsel for Pervez Musharraf presented an application for his exemption from appearance on health grounds. The judge remarked that the exemption from appearance before the court could only be granted after examination of the former president by a medical board. The court expressed resentment over the non-constitution of the medical board and summoned the Director General, health, Balochistan, at the next hearing of the case on February 4, 2015.

January 15

Chief of BNP-M, Sardar Akhtar Mengal said that extremism was being promoted in Baloch society to weaken Baloch nationalists. "Extremists are penetrating in a tolerant Baloch society," Mengal said. He said new shadowy extremist organisations were surfacing in the Province to undermine the Baloch political and democratic movement.

January 16

Police rescued five abducted foreigners and arrested two kidnappers during search operations in Satellite Town and overseas colony area of Turbat District. Imran Qureshi, the DPO said that the foreigners include three Yemenis and two Tanzanian nationals. He further stated that weapons were also recovered from the possession of the kidnappers.

January 18

SFs arrested two militants, identified as Maulavi Shah Wali and Hafiz Naimatullah, during a raid in Jangle Pir Alizai area in Qilla Abdullah District.

SFs arrested two suspected militants from Killi Tekhdar area of Chaman town and recovered weapons from their possession.

Police detained 31 suspects during various raids in Quetta. Police said hate materials and CDs were recovered from their possession.

Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chathha while presiding over a meeting in Quetta asked officials to ensure construction of boundary walls and foolproof security at all schools in the Province as part of the National Action Plan against terrorists. He ordered officials of Law-Enforcement Agencies and educational institutions to jointly evolve a security plan for safety and protection of schools, colleges and universities. The meeting decided that boundary walls would be built and protective wires installed at all schools, besides deploying security guards at every educational institution.

January 19

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the inaugural session of Balochistan Development Forum organised by the Balochistan Chief Minister's Policy Reform Unit (CMPRU) in Islamabad said that the Government will cleanse Balochistan, KP and FATA of terrorists.

He said owing to neglect in the past, Balochistan lagged behind in socioeconomic development and stressed that both Federal and Provincial Governments were now taking measures to ensure growth and peaceful environment in the Province. He said that the development of Balochistan was close to his heart, and despite constraints, the Federal Government provided substantial resources to supplement the efforts of the Provincial Government to address the needs of its people.

The political leaders and experts at the forum were unanimous in seeking autonomy for Balochistan and ownership over resources of the Province. Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Jamali urged Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch to assert Provincial autonomy under the 18th Amendment to push the agenda for inclusive development of the Province and its inhabitant.

January 23

Unidentified miscreants blew up an 18-inch gas pipeline near Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District. The explosion caused suspension of gas supply from Sui to Uch Power Plant.

Unidentified militants blew up a 6-inch gas pipeline in Sohbatpur area of Jaffarabad District suspending gas supply to different villages. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express escaped a bomb blast in the 13 Mile area of provincial capital Quetta. However, no casualties were reported.

January 24

On intelligence report about the presence of TTP militants in the area the SFs conducted a raid in Harnai District of Balochistan and arrested three TTP militants, including a 'commander'. SFs also recovered arms and ammunition from the possession of militants.

January 26

Five persons, including a retired Police SI Muhammad Salleh Shah, were killed and one sustained injuries when in a Chithar-bound pickup that was coming from Dera Murad Jamali stumbled over a landmine in the Soonwah area of Naseerabad District.

Quetta Police recovered 50,000 rounds of different caliber weapons, which had been stolen from the arsenal depot of Balochistan Constabulary, during raids in Shaldara and Pashtunabad areas of the provincial capital. “The recovered ammunitions had been stolen from the arsenal depot of Balochistan Constabulary in connivance with Police officials some days back,” Police sources said.

Balochistan Government during a high-level meeting of security officials finalised 54 terrorism cases for trial by military courts that have been set up under the 21st Cons­titution Amendment. Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said that of the 54 cases selected, 19 related to the banned TTP, 18 to LeJ and 17 to Sipah-e-Muhammad. The Provincial apex committee, which is responsible for implementation of the NAP against terrorism, will forward the cases to the Federal Government for a final decision. Balochistan IG Mohammad Amlish Khan said that 168 accused had been nominated in the 54 cases 88 of them were under arrest and 80 absconding.

January 28

A senior official of the Balochistan Levies said that a group of 25-30 militants stormed a check post of the Levies force in Qila Saifullah District and fled with five official rifles, three motorbikes, five bulletproof jackets and a walkie-talkie.

A death row prisoner, identified as Rameez Raja, who had escaped during the Bannu jailbreak on April 15, 2012, was re-arrested during a raid by Hub Police in Lasbela District. Raja, originally a resident of Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was awarded death penalty in July 2012, for murdering his relative.

Five abducted coalminers, who had been kidnapped on January 27, 2015, from Sorenge area in Quetta were rescued. The five abducted coalminers were identified as Lal Muhammad, Noor Muhammad, Sale Muhammad, Rahman Gul and Sanaullah.

January 30

An alleged suicide bomber was killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Maikhtar area of Loralai District. According to sources, SFs conducted an operation in the area. The militants resisted the SFs and one alleged suicide bomber blew himself up during a shoot out that lasted for an hour. Another militant fled from the spot.

SFs foiled a major terror bid by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle in Panjpai area of Quetta. The SFs also apprehended an alleged suicide bomber along with the explosive-laden vehicle. He said 200 bombs were recovered from the explosive-laden vehicle during the raid.

Intelligence Agencies and Anti-Terrorist Forces personnel arrested a TTP 'commander' from Pishin District. The SFs recovered weapons from their possession.

FC personnel recovered arms and ammunition from an Alto car in Gulistan area of Killa Abdullah District.

January 31

Two Police personnel were killed and another was injured when a convoy of DPO Khuzdar came under gun and rocket attack by militants in Pasni area of Gwadar District. However, DPO Khuzdar Asghar Ali Yusufzai, who was traveling with his family, escaped unhurt in the attack and was safe.

As part of an ongoing crackdown against militants from banned organisations in Balochistan, Police and ATC personnel have arrested 260 suspects from different parts of Quetta. Police sources told that raids were conducted in Sariab Road, Brewery Road, Satellite Town and other parts of Quetta. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the possession of the suspects who have been shifted to different Police Stations in Quetta for interrogation.

February 1

A landmine explosion killed a military officer and injured two personnel in Chathar area of Naseerabad District in Balochistan. Police sources said the military officer who was killed in the blast was identified as a FC captain. Police sources said FC personnel were on routine patrol when their vehicle hit by a landmine.

The bullet-riddled body of a missing man was found in the Sonari Mat area of Dera Bugti District. An official of Dera Bugti Levies said the body was dumped in a desolated place. The body was identified as Barfi, son of Noor Khan. “The victim had been missing for one-and-a-half years from Sui,” the Levies official said.

A 24-inch gas pipeline was blown up in the Dera Bugti District, disrupting gas supply to the Sui compressor plant from the Pir Koh purification plant. According to Levies official in Dera Bugti, militants placed explosive materials along the gas pipeline.

A dozen militants belonging to the Marri tribe laid down their arms and surrendered before Security Forces in Kohlu District. “Twelve militants laid down their arms in the presence of Provincial Minister for Energy and Irrigation Jangayz Marri and Commandant Mewand Rifles Masroorur Rehman,” a statement issued by FC Balochistan said. It added that all 12 of them had been involved in anti-state activities. According to the FC Balochistan spokesman, the militants, while laying down their arms, promised not to support any anti-state elements and vowed to live a peaceful life as law-abiding citizens of Pakistan.

February 2

An employee of the QESCO grid station was killed when unidentified opened fire at the grid station in Gwadar bazaar of Gwadar District.

Unidentified militants abducted five employees of irrigation department, including the sub-engineer, from Shadi Core area of Makran Division. Police said the employees were engaged in the construction of the dam when they were kidnapped by the militants. BRA 'spokesman' Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

A Hindu doctor, Dr Manoj Kumar, was released on February 2 by abductors in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta after the payment of PKR 14 million as ransom on February 1, 2015. Dr Kumar had been abducted from Industrial Police Station area of Quetta on December 2, 2014.

February 3

Unidentified militants killed the BNP-M member and newly elected Chairman of a Union Council, Nasir Hassan, in Gwadar District.

Police claimed to have seized 205 kilograms of explosive material and said that a major terror attack was prevented.

Unknown assailants set Ghausia Alia shrine on fire in Mach area of Bolan District. According to Police, two rooms of the shrine were destroyed and all religious books turned to ashes. The shrine was built in 1948 in memory of Pir Tahir Al Gilani al-Baghdadi, who migrated from Baghdad (Iraq) and settled in Mach.

The JASP condemned the incident and held demonstrations in Quetta and Mach. While addressing the protesters in Quetta, JASP leaders Mufti Mohammad Sajid Qadri, Qari Noor Mohammad and Allama Ghazi Kamal called for extending the Zarb-e-Azb military operation to entire country.

February 4

A Policeman, identified as Zaiullah, guarding polio volunteers was killed and one child was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at the polio team on Sirki Road in Quetta.

An ATC in Quetta accepted the application of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf with regards to exemption from appearance in court in a case pertaining to the August 26, 2006, murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. The court, however, expressed anger over the performance of Director General Balochistan Naseer Baloch with regards to his slow progress on submitting Musharraf's medical report. It subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case to February 25, 2015.

Advocate Sohail Rajput, counsel of Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, confronted Musharraf's lawyer Akhtar Shah outside the court and said that the latter was ready to fly to Saudi Arabia which required travelling for four hours, but he was reluctant to travel for one hour to arrive in Quetta. "Musharraf is deliberately not appearing in the court," Rajput said.

February 6

Unidentified militants blew up two power pylons of 220 KVA transmission lines in Chatter area of Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants abducted six officials of PTCL from Gawal area of Killa Saifullah District. They abductees were identified as Engineer Haji Asad, SDO Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Nabi, Sajjad Beg and two others.

Five employees of a private company working on the reconstruction of Shadi Kour dam near Pasni in Gwadar District were released in Blangur area of the District. They were abducted on February 2, 2015. BRA had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

February 7

Unidentified militants blew up a railway track in the Bakhtiarabad area of Sibi District. Levies' sources said that a two-feet track was damaged when an IED was detonated, suspending train services between Balochistan and other parts of the country.

February 10

At least 15 BLF militants and a FC official were killed in a gun battle in Basima area of Kharan District. According to details SFs had launched a search operation in Khori village of Basima area when a group of militants hiding inside a bunker suddenly started firing at them.

Three unidentified militants were killed when the FC opened fire during an operation in Shadikor area of Gwadar District.

FC personnel arrested four suspects accused of having links with a banned organisation during search operations for the recovery of kidnapped employees of PTCL in Killi Sharna, Killi Ghat and Gawal Ismailzai areas of Zhob District. SFs recovered 24 rifles with bullets, an SMG with ammunition and other weapons from their possession.

Balochistan Interior Secretary said that 54 cases have been forwarded to Federal Ministry of Interior for hearing in the military courts. According to a statement issued here, Interior Secretary Balochistan Akbar Hussain Durrani said the Interior Ministry will forward the cases to military courts for hearing after carrying out scrutiny.

February 13

Three polio workers and two Levies officials were abducted from Murgha Kibzai area in Zhob District. "The families lost contact with the polio workers since this morning," a levies official who requested anonymity said. It is feared that the missing persons were picked up by militants, he added.

February 14

As many as 17 Districts of the Province, including parts of Quetta, plunged into darkness after militants blew up two pylons of a power transmission line in Chatter area of Naseerabad District. Sarbaz Baloch, a 'spokesman' for BRA claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 15

At least two people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a hotel on Mastung Road in Quetta. According to local Police, one of the victims has been identified as Ghulam Sarwar, while the identity of the other one is yet to be ascertained.

Two suspected militants blew themselves up during a search operation for the recovery of kidnapped polio workers and levies personnel in Margha Kibzai area of Zhob District. Three polio workers and two levies men went missing on February 13, 2015 from Zhob District.

A key 'commander' of LeJ, identified as Usman Saifullah Kurd, and his companion were killed while two FC personnel were injured in a raid conducted by FC in Sariab area of Quetta. A third of their accomplice was arrested unhurt. Kurd had been convicted by an Anti-Terror Court in 2003 for masterminding two sectarian attacks in Quetta. He had escaped from the high security Quetta cantonment jail in 2008, following which the Government imposed a bounty of PKR 2.5 million on him. According to security sources, Kurd was believed to be the mastermind of the January 31, 2015, Shikarpur Imambargah attack in Sindh. Intelligence sources also said that he had close contacts to both al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.

Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai escaped an IED attack in Reko Sultan Golai area of Nushki District. "No one was hurt in the explosion nor was any damage reported," said Nushki Deputy Commissioner Qudos Mengal. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 16

A 24-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up by unidentified militants in Peshbogi area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan.

February 17

Four dead bodies, including that of two missing Levies personnel, were found in Zhob District. According to Levies sources, two bodies were identified as that of Levies officials and one was identified as the driver of the polio team. One dead body is yet to be identified, the sources added. Three polio workers and two Levies personnel were kidnapped on February 13, 2015, from Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob District.

Balochistan Government postponed the anti-polio campaign in Quetta, Zhob, Sherani and Sibi Districts of the Province due to looming security threats, according to an unnamed Health Department Officer.

February 18

Three terrorists and one FC soldier were killed in an exchange of fire during an encounter in Panjgur District. One FC soldier was wounded.

Unidentified militants blew up a water pipeline in Toba Nokahai area of Zahein Loti in Dera Bugti District, suspending water supply to many areas.

SFs arrested 21 suspects from various areas of the Province.

LEAs recovered five PTCL employees during a search operation in Kanu area of Zhob District. Local LEA sources said that the recovered PTCL employees had been kidnapped a week ago from Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob district by unidentified armed militants. They were identified as Sajjad Baig, Muhammad Tahir, Muhammad Nabi, Asad Khan and Muhammad Abbas.

February 19

A landmine explosion killed two people and injured two others in Chahtar area of Naseerabad District.

SFs conducted a raid and arrested eight suspected militants in Sibi District. According to FC spokesman, SFs recovered 24kgs explosives and other weapons from their possession.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced PKR 5 billion development package for Quetta and said that funds should be spent on building roads, improving sanitary system and cleaning the city. Funds to the tune PKR 30 billion would be given for the purpose and international donors would be asked for assistance, he added.

At least 234 madrassas in Balochistan are being funded by 'brotherly' Muslim countries, said Home Department officials tasked with investigating religious seminaries in Province. "We have collected enough evidence against 234 madrassas accused of receiving financial assistance from foreign countries," an unnamed senior official said, adding, "The list (of these seminaries) has been shared with relevant agencies and departments (the Federal Investigative Agency and State Bank of Pakistan) so that their accounts can be scrutinized and the sources of their funding traced." "But the list will go on," he added.

When contacted, Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Khan Durrani confirmed that various cases have been forwarded to agencies concerned for further investigation, but did not specify the number of madrassas against whom evidence of foreign funding has been collected. However, he revealed that more than 3,000 of the Province's 5,441 madrassas are not registered. "Some 5,330 of the 129, 997students that study in seminaries in Balochistan are foreigners, mostly of Afghan descent," said Durrani.

A member of the team conducting the surbeillance of madrassas in Balochistan revealed the names of seminaries in Quetta and Nushki Districts which were receiving financial assistance from Saudi Arabia, Behrain and Iran. These, he said, include Mataul Uloom, Arbia Maftaul Uloom, Anwar-e-Sahaba, Gold Masjid, Dunya Arbia, Jamia Uloom and many others.

February 21

An abductor was killed while a Sikh trader, identified as Munish Singh, was recovered during a raid in Aamri area of the Chagai District. Three of his accomplices were arrested. Singh was kidnapped from Dalbandin area of Chagai District two months ago.

February 22

A child was killed and nine others were injured in a bomb explosion on at Rush Bazaar located on Taj Road in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District. DPO Chaman Asad Khan said that a remote controlled bomb fixed to a vehicle parked near a temple exploded.

An eight-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up by unidentified militants near the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. According to Police, the terrorists had planted an IED near the gas pipeline which exploded, suspending the gas supply to the area.

A four-inch diameter water supply pipeline was also blown up in the Nokani area of Dera Bugti District.

The Nawab Bugti Express narrowly escaped a bomb blast targeting a railway track in Jaffarabad District.

Law Enforcement Agencies recovered arms, including three SMG, two Kalashnikovs, four pistols, two short guns and 250 magazines from Bonistan area of Panjgur District.

February 24

At least one person was killed and seven others injured in an explosion on the Mall Road in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 27

Some 53 suspects, among them 43 Afghan nationals, were arrested during a search operation carried out jointly by Police and Frontier Corps personnel in Killi Kheezi and Darwashabad areas of Quetta. Official sources said the FC and Police personnel raided various places on the outskirts of Quetta and rounded up 53 suspects. Afghan nationals were living without legal documents, police said.

February 28

The FC recovered and diffused a 7- kg bomb installed near a gas pipeline in Peer Sehwari area of Dera Bugti District. According to the FC officials, SFs patrolling the area recovered bomb planted near an 8-inch gas pipeline and foiled a terror bid.

SFs arrested a key Jundullah militant, Abdul Salam Regi, from Lak Pass area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on the morning. Security sources said Regi was planning to launch suicide attacks in Balochistan and Iran.

March 1

Two Afghan Police personnel were killed in a militant attack in Chaman area of Qilla Abdullah District in Balochistan. A senior administration officer in Chaman, who declined to be named, said that six militants on three motorcycles opened fire at the vehicle of Afghan Policemen in Chaman's Bypass area. The assailants sped away on their motorcycles after the strike. The Afghan cops, who belonged to Helmand province of Afghanistan, were en route to Quetta for medical treatment when the attack took place.

Two militants were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in the Lehri tehsil near Sibi town of Same District. According to a FC spokesman, militants opened fire at the patrolling party of SFs, wounding four personnel. SFs resorted to retaliatory firing in which two militants were killed. Weapons were recovered from the possession of militants.

Unidentified militants blew up two gas pipelines in Pir Koh and Loti area of Dera Bugti District. Explosives placed under a pipeline supplying gas to a purification plant from well number 10 of Pir Koh gas field were detonated by remote control. A separate pipeline supplying gas to the Loti purification plant from well No 12 was also blown up by saboteurs.

March 3

Unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire at the DPO Sherani Muhammad Shakir's vehicle in Spira Ragha area of Loralai District, killing three Policemen and injuring the DPO. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

SF conducted a search operation and arrested eight suspected militants from Uch area of Naseerabad District. The SFs recovered arms and ammunition from their possession. The spokesman for FC said that the militants were involved in attacks on SFs and vital national installations in the area.

FC conducted a search operation and arrested four suspects from Mughtian area of Pishin District. SFs recovered four Kalashnikov's from their possession.

SFs foiled a terror bid by defusing a landmine in Kohlu District.

March 4

A gas pipeline was blown up in Zainkoh area of Loti in Dera Bugti District. According to Levies sources, an explosive device was detonated under the pipeline, suspending gas supply to a purification plant from well No-7. "A several feet long portion of the 18-inch diameter pipeline was destroyed," the sources said.

March 6

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while addressing a press conference at Frontier Corps Madadgar Centre at Khoila Pathak said that SF foiled a bid to sabotage the Pakistan Day celebrations and arrested three suspects, recovering a huge cache of arms from their custody from Hazar Ganji area of Provincial capital Quetta and from Chaman area of Qilla Abdullah District. The Balochistan Home Minister said that following a tip-off the forces launched a search operation in the said areas and recovered the arms and explosive material. "We arrested three militants from Chaman, possibly having links with TTP, and some from Hazar Ganji area of the provincial capital, having links with the banned religious and nationalist organisations," he said.

Bugti said militants are working for other countries and involved in the killing of innocent people. He said they were planning to execute an attack on March 23, 2015, but the SFs arrested them after successful operations. Many militants, he claimed, have moved to the tribal areas of Balochistan, especially the Pashtun belt after the operation Zarb-e-Azab against militants' hideouts in North Waziristan, adding that however there would not be any place for them to hide.

March 8

The FC Balochistan detained three suspected militants and recovered weapons from their possession during a search operation in parts of Dera Bugti District.

March 9

Two Policemen, identified as ASI Sultan Muhammad and constable Ejaz Ahmed, were killed by unidentified militants while patrolling a neighourhood in Batao area of Nushki District.

A woman, identified as Shahari Sawali (70), was killed in IED explosion on main Oshab Road in Turbat District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 10

Two persons, identified as Nasir Baloch and Saddam Sudeer Baloch, died in Police custody under mysterious circumstances in Turbat District. According to a senior official the suspects were arrested on the night of March 9, 2015 form Sangani Sar area of the District. They had been locked up inside the guard room, not the legal or authorized detention place. Nasir Baloch hailed from Panjgur District while Saddam Sudeer Baloch hailed from Turbat District.

Unidentified armed militants opened fire at an unidentified Levies official in Maizai Addah area of Quilla Abdullah District, killing him on the spot.

A Levies Constable, identified as Amanullah, was shot dead by unidentified militants in Sanjavi area of Ziarat District. The attackers managed to escape unhurt from the spot. No outfit claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

March 11

SFs claimed to have killed seven militants during a search operation in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. FC spokesman said that seven militants involved in blowing up gas pipelines and targeting SF were killed during the operation. The SFs also recovered rocket launchers, IED, bombs and other weapons were from their possession.

March 12

Six BRA terrorists were killed and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered on the second day of the operation carried out by the FC in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. Around 1,000 troops backed by helicopters took part in the operation. "Security forces have killed at least 13 militants who were hiding in the gas field when they refused to surrender," said a FC spokesman Manzoor Ahmed. There was no loss on security forces side, he added.

Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the militants were members of the BRA. "We have evidence that they were members of the BRA and were terrorists," he said, adding, "We took this action for peace in the region and we will act against the miscreants wherever we get information about them."

March 16

Two persons, a father and his son, were shot dead by unidentified assailants on Kasi Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to Police, unidentified assailants barged into a home on Kasi Road and fired a volley of bullets which left two persons dead instantly. The deceased were identified as Muhammad Umar and Muhammad Jameel. The assailants managed to flee after the incident.

March 18

The FC Balochistan arrested six terrorists during search operation carried out in Eastern Bypass area of provincial capital Quetta. A spokesman for FC said that the FC recovered weapons and explosives from Sakran area. "Following a tip-off, FC conducted raid in Sakran area and recovered weapons and explosives including 10 automatic weapons, rifles and three kilogram of explosives," he said.

He further said that FC defused IED in Sui area of Dera Bugti District and Loralai District. "Terrorists had planted IED weighing 12 kilogram in Sui and two IEDs in Loralai to carryout sabotage act," he said, adding however, FC teams defused them.

March 20

Two officials of Balochistan Levies, identified as Athaur Rehman and Hazoor Baksh, were killed and four others were wounded after a convoy of Abdul Razzaq Dilwary, the Deputy Commissioner of Kharan, was attacked by unidentified militants in Racheel area of Kharan District. One of the militants was killed in retaliatory firing while others fled from the scene. According to an official of Balochistan Levies, Deputy Commissioner Abdul Razzaq Dilwary along his Levies guards was on their way to raid a criminal hideout in the Racheel area.

March 22

Unidentified militants blew up a 14-inch-diameter gas pipeline in Dera Allah Yar city of Jaffarabad District.

Corps Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua while addressing a gathering on the inauguration of Balochistan Sports Festival urged the estranged Baloch youth to avoid taking up arms and adopt the path of peace. He added that the Baloch are already independent and asked which independence they were fighting for. He said we should say goodbye to a fight that has taken birth from sectarianism, and the menace of terrorism would be rooted out from Balochistan and the country.


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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