Quetta, Pakistan: A suicide bombing targeting a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals in south-western Pakistan has killed two children and wounded three, police said.
The attack took place at the East Bay Road in the port of Gwadar on Friday evening local time. Chinese nationals sustained minor injuries. Gwadar is in the province of Balochistan, where separatist militants have waged a long-running insurgency.
“Two children have been killed and three injured in the attack,” said Liaquat Shahwani, a spokesman for the Balochistan government.
Balochistan Liberation Army, a separatist militant organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.
“BLA carried out a ‘self-sacrificing’ attack against a convoy of Chinese engineers,” the group said in a statement.
China is involved in the development of the Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea as part of a $US60 billion ($84 billion) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is itself part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project.
The Pakistan Interior Ministry said the bomber was a young boy who ran out of a nearby fishermen colony. The blast happened about 15-20 metres from the convoy.
“As a result a Chinese national was injured, he was rushed to nearby Gwadar hospital where he is stable”, the ministry said in a statement.