Militants on motorbikes opened fire on a vehicle carrying paramilitary troops in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday (14/2). Police said four soldiers were killed and the attackers managed to escape.
Hours later, the Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Quetta settlement of Saryab.
The attack came as the vehicle crossed a busy market, said Abdur Razzaq Cheema, Quetta police chief. The spokesman of the Sunni militant group, Ali Bin Sufyan, said Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi will continue to target security forces.
Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which has been the site of a low-level insurgency of Baluch separatist groups demanding a greater share of resources in the province. Islamic militant groups also operate there and often target security forces.
Pakistani authorities admit to having managed to defuse the insurgency, and break the main militant network, but violence continues. [ab/uh]