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10 Apr 2020 | 09:09 AM UTC

Pakistan: Improvised explosive device (IED) kills two in Chaman (Balochistan province) April 10

Improvised explosive device (IED) kills two and injures two in Chaman (Balochistan province) on April 10; further attacks possible in the near term

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Event

An improvised explosive device (IED) killed two people in Chaman (Balochistan province) on Friday, April 10. The IED reportedly targeted a Pakistani military detachment who were fence-building at the border with Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also injured in the attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.

Similar attacks are possible in Balochistan province over the near term.

Context

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Advice

Individuals in Chaman (Balochistan province) are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities.

Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan as foreign nationals, and Westerners, in particular, may be directly targeted.