Balochistan: Just three days after the brutal Pulwama massacre that claimed at least 40 CRPF jawans’ lives, the Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) attacked a Pakistan Army convoy near Balochistan and killed at least nine personnel and injured 11 others. 

BRAS, which demand freedom of Balochistan, is a conglomeration of three groups: Baloch Liberation Army, the Baloch Liberation Front, and the Baloch Republican Guard. 

According to a report in The Balochistan Post, the BRAS spokesperson said that their suicide bomber had attacked the Pakistani security forces patrolling team on CPEC route between Panjgur and Turbat city on February 17. He also said that their fighters attacked a camp at the same time.

The attack came hours before Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Pakistan.

Pakistan is already in a thick soup after a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber rammed an SUV car with 350 kg of explosives into a security convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 personnel in Pulwama. Most of them were returning to duty after spending their holidays in their respective destinations. 

JeM is Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist group, which aims to separate Kashmir from India and merge it with Pakistan.

The Pulwama terror attack drew criticism from various quarters. While several candle marches were taken out to pay tribute to the martyrs, several countries from across the world including US, France, Germany and Russia, come out in support of India. 

Following the terror attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a strong message to Pakistan. 

“I want to tell the terror outfits and those aiding and abetting them that they have made a big mistake. They will have to pay a very heavy price for their actions. Let me assure the nation that those behind this attack, the perpetrators of this attack will be punished,” he said. 

The Pulwama attack is being considered the worst terror attack since the Uri attack in 2016.