Peshawar, January 30: Creating an unstable situation, a shootout took place between police and armed gunmen in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Balochistan on Tuesday. The firefight occurred after three gunmen entered police offices in Loralai district and threw hand grenades.
The shootout resulted in killing nine people and injured around 20 others. Balochistan police chief Mohsin Butt said that the senior police officials were busy selecting candidates for different categories of civilian jobs when the terrorists entered the compound and hurled hand grenades.
"Police officials opened fire on them killing one of the terrorists," he said, adding that the two remaining gunmen went into hiding in the building and later blew themselves up. Three of those killed were policemen and six were civilian staff members, while twenty people were injured in the crossfire, Butt said.
However, no groups have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Baloch separatist groups and Islamist militants have attacked security forces in the province in the past. Balochistan is Pakistan's largest and poorest region, which borders Afghanistan and Iran and is rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.
Its residents have long complained that it does not receive a fair share of the profits made from its mineral wealth. Violence in Pakistan has dropped significantly since the country's deadliest-ever militant attack, an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, most of them children.
Balochistan has been under captive of Pakistan since a long time and time and again has been facing atrocities. The women and children are abducted, brutal killing and many other devastating attempts to ruin the people by the Pakistani forces have come under limelight.