Baloch militant leader killed in Kandahar suicide attack


QUETTA -- A Pakistani separatist wanted over an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi in November has been killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan, his group has confirmed.

Aslam Baloch was believed to be one of the leaders of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), one of a myriad of insurgent groups fighting in Balochistan province.

He was killed Tuesday (December 25) along with four others in a blast in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, the group said in a statement issued late Wednesday (December 26).

Kandahar provincial police chief Tadin Khan confirmed a suicide bombing had taken place in the provincial capital, killing two civilians. Another Afghan official who spoke anonymously said Baloch and a second member of the BLA were the targets of the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Four people were killed when militants attacked China's consulate in Karachi in November.

The BLA claimed that assault.

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