Eight labourers abducted in Balochistan’s Kech: Levies

Members of Pakistani Marri Baloch tribe armed with heavy weapons make their way towards their camp in Kahan, some 250 kilometers south-east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, 25 July 2004. Marri Baloch tribesmen, who are accused of being responsible for rocket attacks on paramilitary forces and laying land mines on roads to resist government efforts of exploring oil and gas and building roads in the tribal area, demand the right of self determination and control over natural resources as they accuse Islamabad of 56 years-long oppression and exploitation of their population. AFP PHOTO/Banaras KHAN

–One injured after gunmen attack workers for refusing to pay off 

At least eight labourers have gone missing after they resisted extortion by unknown gunmen in Kech district of Balochistan, said Levis officials on Friday.

According to Levies, the armed men were asking for money; however, when refused, they started shooting and injured a labourer as well.

The identity of the labourers couldn’t be ascertained immediately to tell if this was an ethnic attack.

However, this is not the first time labourer come under attack in Balochistan.

At least three labourers belonging to Sindh were killed and another was wounded after unidentified men attacked them in Nasirabad district of Balochistan on May 15.

According to details, the assailants sprayed bullets on the labourers engaged in routine work in Dera Murad Jamali, killing three on the spot and injuring others critically.

Suspected separatist elements in Balochistan often target non-native labourers working on development projects in the province.

On May 4, six Punjabi labourers were killed and one was injured in firing in Kharan.

According to Levies, unknown gunmen targetted labourers in Kharan.

Last year, four labourers from Sindh working on a road project were gunned down in the same area.

In April 2015, 20 labourers were killed while working for a private construction company in Gokdan, about 15 kilometres from Turbat.