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Attack on oil company convoy kills 14 in Pakistan

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An attack targeting a military escort on Thursday has left at least 14 dead in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said.

(CNN)An attack targeting a military escort on Thursday has left at least 14 dead in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said.

The security detail was accompanying a convoy of the state-run Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL) on a coastal highway traveling from the port town of Gwadar to the southern city of Karachi.

Seven soldiers and seven private security guards were killed in the attack, which was carried out by "a large number of terrorists," the military said in a statement.

An umbrella organization of Baloch militant groups, Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement obtained by CNN, the alliance said that "companies like the OGDCL are exploiting Baloch resources in their strategy of extending the occupation of Balochistan. "

Balochistan has seen a decades-long insurgency by separatists who demand independence from Pakistan, citing what they say is the state's monopoly and exploitation of the province's mineral resources.

The coastal town in Balochistan is now a hub of Chinese investment in Pakistan.

There is a heavy military presence in Gwadar and along the coastal belt in Balochistan, which links the port with a network of highways and railways.

In June, the Baloch Liberation Army, which is also affiliated with BRAS, carried out an attack on Pakistan's largest stock exchange in Karachi, killing five people.

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