The suicide bomber who killed three Chinese teachers was himself a teacher who had enrolled for a master’s degree months before the attack.
A female suicide bomber who killed three Chinese teachers in Pakistan was herself a teacher who enrolled for a master’s degree months before the attack by separatist insurgents, a Pakistani official says,
A minivan detonated by a 30-year-old woman outside Karachi University’s Confucius Institute, a Chinese language and cultural center on Tuesday, killed her, three Chinese teachers and a Pakistani driver.
It was the first major attack this year against citizens of long-time ally China working in Pakistan and drew condemnation from Beijing.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a separatist group based in the southwestern province of Balochistan, said the mother of two, who had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and was studying for the other, voluntarily targeted China. Volunteered for the attack, which has investment projects in China. Balochistan opposes.
“The Baloch Liberation Army has once again warned China to immediately stop its exploitation projects. Otherwise our future attacks will be even more severe,” the BLA said in an email.
Baloch separatist fighters have been fighting for large parts of their province’s natural resources for decades, mostly focusing on natural gas projects, infrastructure and attacks on security forces.
But in recent years they have attacked Chinese projects and workers. Its deep-water ports in Balochistan and Gwadar are a key link in China’s Belt and Road network of infrastructure and energy projects spanning the Middle East and beyond.
A Pakistan Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity that the woman, a science teacher from Balochistan, had signed up for a second master’s degree at Karachi University about five months ago.
#balochliberation army Releases more details about first female suicide bomber that killed 3 Chinese #Karachi University,#BLA Her name is Shari Baloch whose husband is a doctor and she has 2 children.
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The police and civil and military intelligence agencies have launched an investigation, the official said.
For years, suicide bombings in Pakistan have been a tactic of Muslim armed groups, usually carried out by men or boys. Baloch separatists said it was their first suicide attack by a woman and warned of more.
The threat of suicide attacks by the BLA will be a major concern for Pakistan as it tries to reassure China that it is doing everything possible to protect its projects and people.
China strongly condemned the attack and called on Pakistan to punish the perpetrators and prevent such incidents from happening again.
“The blood of the Chinese people should not be wasted, and those behind this incident will certainly pay the price,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
The acting vice-chancellor of Karachi University, Nasira Khatoon, expressed “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the blast victims and said the campus would remain closed on Wednesday.
“We hope that the government will punish the elements involved… and believe that all possible steps will be taken to reach out to the elements behind the attack,” he said.