Quetta: BLA claims killing 2 for ‘spying against Baloch interests’
QUETTA: The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a banned organisation engaged in an armed struggle for the rights of Baloch people, accepted responsibility for the murder of two civilians and injuries to two others in Quetta and Khuzdar, saying the victims were ‘spying’ against Baloch interests. Unidentified motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at Mohammad Ayub in the outskirts of Quetta. Ayub died on the spot while an official of the Balochistan High Court (BHC), Malik Aftab, was badly injured when unidentified persons shot him in Shahbaz Town. He was shifted to the Civil Hospital where he was reported to be out of danger. In another incident on Brewery Road, Quetta, motorcyclists opened fire on another citizen, Ali Raza, injuring him.
The attackers managed to escape from the scene. The Baloch insurgents have informally resumed their operations in Balochistan since the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire in September by three armed groups operating in the province – the BLA, Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) and Baloch Republican Army (BRA).
“We are still in a state of ceasefire. We had already said that spies working for intelligence agencies would not be spared. If we end the ceasefire, we will announce such a decision formally in the media,” said a BLA spokesman.