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11 January 2020, Saturday

Pakistan's first suicide bomb in 2020 kills 15 in a mosque in Balochistan



PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

11 January 2020, Saturday
 

What happened?
Shattering a long calm in Balochistan and in Pakistan, the first suicide attack in 2020. The Islamic State has claimed the killing, that took 15 lives, that were offering prayers on Friday. 

Amongst the victims was a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who is believed to be the primary target of the suicide bombing. His son was killed a month earlier, again in Quetta, by gunmen on motorcycles.

What is the background?
The suicide attack in Quetta in Balochistan that took place on 10 January followed a low profile bombing in Quetta, a few days earlier. The previous attack took place in a market area, was a bomb placed on a motorbike, that killed two people. Hizbul Ahrar, one of the TTP affiliate, claimed the attack.

According to the latest report of the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), there was a 31 per cent decline in Pakistan relating to terrorism across the country. Though there was also a decline in terrorism-related events and casualties in Balochistan (by more than 44 per cent) during 2019, the province remained the most affected when compared with the other three provinces.

The primary focus of the attacks within Balochistan has been concentrated in Quetta. Most of the attacks have been sectarian in nature, followed by targeted attacks against the security forces. 

Both the attacks in Balochistan during 2020 so far has been in Quetta and are targeted attacks, though they were claimed by two different groups – the Islamic State and Hizbul Ahrar.
 

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