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Occupying forces targeted with IED in Quetta

Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) fighters targeted the Eagle Squad of the occupying Pakistani police force in an IED attack in Quetta. Occupying forces were targeted by Baloch fighters near Musa Colony on Sariab Road Quetta when they were patrolling on two motorcycles. The blast killed two forces personnel and injured two more. Eagle Squad, a branch of the occupying enemy's police force, has been involved in harassment of Baloch civilians in the name of snap checking and insulting the dignity of the people. The Eagle Squad has also been cooperating with the terrorist state force CTD, in abduction and fake encounters of Baloch youths. The BLA will hold state forces and its collaborators accountable for the atrocities committed against the Baloch people. Jeeyand Baloch spokesperson for the Baloch Liberation Army  Dated September 22, 2021 Source: Hakkal, Telegram
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