Pakistan Bus Blast: A total of 13 people, including nine Chinese engineers, were killed in a bus bombing in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The killed Chinese engineers were working in a dam project being built under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Two soldiers of the Frontier Corps of the Pakistan Army also died in the blast.
According to the information, a bus full of Chinese engineers and Pakistani employees was going to Dasu Dam in Kohistan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK) on Wednesday morning. That’s when the bomb exploded. Frontier Corps personnel were also present to protect the Chinese engineers and other employees working in the dam. However, it is not yet known exactly how the bomb blast happened. Has it been done through an IED already planted in the bus or has the bus been attacked by a bomb? But the explosion was so strong that the bus fell into the ditch.
Who has targeted the Chinese engineers working in the Dasu Dam being built under the CPEC project, it is not yet known. No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the bomb blast.
Under China’s ambitious BRI ie Belt and Road Initiative, the Chinese government is building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan. Through this corridor, there is a plan to connect Pakistan’s Gwadar port with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province through Gilgit-Baltistan to China’s Xinjiang province by road and rail. For this, China is investing 60 billion dollars in Pakistan. But Baloch fighters and some radical organizations are opposing it.
This is the second major terrorist attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the last 24 hours. On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Taliban terrorist organization had mercilessly killed 11 soldiers of the Army Scouts in a massacre. Apart from this, four Pakistani soldiers were also kidnapped.
Since the US military left Afghanistan, active tribes, radicals and terrorist organizations in the KPK province have become active once again. Recently, a video of Taliban commanders in an open-air court in an area adjacent to the CPEC corridor surfaced in which they were resolving local disputes.