In a late-night operation, Balochistan’s security forces adeptly countered three synchronized terrorist attacks in the Mach area, as confirmed by the provincial interim information minister, Jan Achakzai. The offensive, attributed to militants associated with the Aslam Acho group, was repelled without any harm to installations or personnel.
The security forces’ prompt response led to the terrorists’ withdrawal, with ongoing efforts to neutralize the remaining threats. The Mach Central Jail Superintendent assured the safety of the facility, its staff, and inmates, highlighting the preparedness of the forces surrounding the jail.
In response to the attacks, the provincial health department activated an emergency protocol in Quetta and Mach hospitals, ensuring the readiness of medical staff, security, and resources to manage any unforeseen incidents. The health secretary mobilized additional ambulances to Mach from nearby areas in Quetta, underscoring the authorities’ comprehensive response to the crisis.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a banned militant outfit advocating for Balochistan’s independence, claimed responsibility for the attack. This event underscores the persistent security challenges in Balochistan, particularly in the lead-up to the February 8 general elections, amid a national increase in terrorist activities following the cessation of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s ceasefire with the government.