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Pakistan: Rebels kill 20 sleeping construction workers in Baluchistan province


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(By Estera Popowska)
In the latest violence by Pakistan’s separatist rebels fighting for control of resources in gas- and mineral-rich Baluchistan province, a government official said gunmen 20 labourers as they slept early on Saturday.

According to Reuters the Pakistani rebels have been fighting a low-intensity insurgency in the province for decades, demanding an end to what they see as the exploitation of their resources by people from other parts of Pakistan.

A Pakistani provincial interior minister Akbar Hussain Durrani reportedly said the workers killed at a construction site 15 km (9 miles) from the town of Turbat were mostly from outside Baluchistan which suggested the Baluch rebels were responsible.“All were sleeping in their camp when they were targeted,” he said.

According to the provincial interior minister, three wounded survivors said the gunmen opened fire on the sleeping men with automatic weapons, then escaped on motorcycles.
A spokesman for the banned Baluch Liberation Army reportedly called local reporters and claimed responsibility for the attack .The separatists frequently kidnap and kill civilians from other parts of the country and also attack gas facilities, infrastructure and security posts (Source: Reuters)