The attack killed seven soldiers and seven private security guards, which were carried out by “numerous terrorists,” the military said in a statement.
The surrounding area has been sealed and a search is underway for the attackers.
Baloch Raji Ajoy Shankar (PRAS), the umbrella organization of the Baloch militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack. CNN cannot confirm the claim.
In a statement to CNN, the coalition said that “companies like OGTCL are exploiting Baloch resources in their strategy to expand Balochistan’s occupation.”
Balochistan has witnessed decades of insurgency by separatists seeking independence from Pakistan, citing what they say is the monopoly of the state and the exploitation of the mineral resources of the province.
Calling for a halt to all operations, the BRAS said, “Pakistan completely rejects all Chinese agreements with the occupying forces, and they stand as null and void.”
In 2015, under Beijing’s Belt and Road Trade and Infrastructure project, China transformed the quadrant into the world’s deepest port. The coastal city of Balochistan is now a hub for Chinese investment in Pakistan.
Quaternary and Balochistan have heavy military reserves along the coast, which connects the port to the highways and railway network.
The report was attended by Sofia Saifi and Salim Mehsud in Islamabad and Syed Ali Shah in Quetta.
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