A suicide bomber hit Chinese nationals in the Balochistan province, killing at least two children and wounding three including a Chinese, in the second such attack in over a month. On July 14, a blast had hit a shuttle bus carrying Chinese and Pakistani engineers and workers, killing nine. China had pressured Pakistan to take strict action to curb such incidents, and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that Afghan soil was used and the vehicle involved in the attack was smuggled from Afghanistan.
The most recent attack took place in the Baloch Ward area in Gwadar, the port city of strategic importance due to the presence of Chinese workers and investment. Two children who were playing nearby died while one Chinese sustained minor injuries.
Gwadar is the culmination point of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A large number of Chinese experts and workers are employed in Gwadar and the surrounding areas to complete various projects under the CPEC. China is involved in several projects aimed at development of the Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea which is itself part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure project.
-Inputs from PTI