QUETTA: A group of armed men disguised in security forces’ uniform attacked the international radar in the coastal town of Pasni, Gwadar district on Saturday evening killing one Balochistan Constabulary official and injuring another.
At least 12 armed men attacked the Constabulary personnel guarding the radar at 6:30 pm with small arms and rockets. After pinning the guards down with heavy fire, they managed to take hostage one guard and snatched weapons from others.
“There were several BC [Baloch Constabulary] personnel guarding the radar set up on the mountain top. Armed men locked BC personnel inside the room after shooting,” a senior official of the Home Department said.
The armed men then attached explosive materials to the radar and sped away. According to a local official, they also fired few rocket propelled grenades on the radar, partially damaging the installation.
A bomb disposal squad was dispatched from Gwadar city after an hour. “They are still trying to defuse the explosive materials attached to the radar,” Home Secretary Asad Gillani said.
“The radar system is still working,” he told The Express Tribune, before adding that, “More security forces were sent to the area.”
According to a local official, the attackers had traveled to the radar in two vehicles and were armed with sophisticated weapons.
The radar had been set up by the Pakistan Air Force to monitor international air traffic.
The dead Constabulary man was identified as Mohammed Jan, a resident of Turbat, and was shifted to a state-run hospital.
Identity of the attackers is not yet known.