Daesh ‘kills two Chinese nationals’ abducted in Pakistan
The Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh says it has killed the two Chinese nationals who had been abducted in southwest Pakistan in May.
Daesh claimed in a statement on an online outlet on Thursday that it had killed the two Chinese nationals who had been abducted by people dressed as policemen in the city of Quetta, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan, on May 24.
The two Chinese nationals were reportedly teachers who were themselves studying Urdu at a language school in Quetta.
Another Chinese national, a woman, who had been with the two at the time of the abduction had managed to escape the kidnapping, according to reports.
Daesh is mainly active in Iraq and Syria.
Following the Daesh claim on Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was “gravely concerned” and was working to confirm the information.
Later, on Friday, the Ministry said Pakistan had informed China that the two were “probably dead.” But no official confirmation has come from Beijing as of Friday afternoon China time.
China has pledged 57 billion dollars in investment in Pakistan for its “Belt and Road Initiative,” a plan to develop a trade route that stretches from China to Pakistan. The deaths, if confirmed, could raise questions of security for the Chinese nationals who would travel to Pakistan for the project.
Pakistan’s Balochistan has seen frequent acts of lawlessness in the past. Numerous kidnappings have been reported in the Pakistani province, where violent militant groups linked to Saudi Arabia operate.
On April 26, such militants killed 11 Iranian border guards in the Iranian city of Mirjaveh from across the border in Pakistan’s Balochistan.