- Journalist Kiyya Baloch used the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) to show that two helicopters came to rescue the kidnapped army official, and that one helicopter carrying six people was shot down.
- The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked two posts in Pakistan's southwest province, killing more than 100 Pakistani soldiers and destroying a large part of their camps.
On Sunday night (September 26), a helicopter crash in the Harnai district of Pakistan’s Balochistan province killed six army officials. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), which is the media arm of the Pakistani army, confirmed the news.
According to reports, two officers were among the dead. Major Khurram Shahzad (age 39), Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal (age 30), Subedar Abdul Wahid (age 44), Naik Jalil (age 30), Sepoy Shoaib (age 35), and Sepoy Muhamad Imran (age 35) were all killed (27).
ISPR says that the Pakistani soldiers were killed in Harnai while they were on a flying mission. But now we know that the helicopter was sent to Balochistan to save an army official who had been taken hostage.
#Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claims to have kidnapped 2 personnel of Pakistan army in #Balochistan’s Harnai district, and shot down a Pakistani helicopter killing 6 personnel onboard. pic.twitter.com/wpgTi5PUFP
— SAMRI (@SAMRIReports) September 26, 2022
Journalist Kiyya Baloch used the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) to show that two helicopters came to rescue the kidnapped army official, and that one helicopter carrying six people was shot down. The official who was taken was named Naib Subedar Kaleem Ullah.
“An official said that armed men kidnapped Naib Subedar FC 114 wing Lorala scout Kaleem Ullah at 9:30 last night while he was on his way to Quetta,” tweeted Kiyya Baloch.
Asad Ali Toor, another journalist, also said that the news was true.
In a statement released on September 26, BLA said, “In an operation based on intelligence, Baloch Liberation Army freedom fighters arrested two Pakistani military personnel last night near Zardaalo, an area in Harnai.”
It also said, “Pakistani helicopters came to the area later. At least one helicopter was shot down by Baloch freedom fighters near Khost, Harnai. This was about 5 kilometres away from where Pakistani people were arrested. All six people on board the helicopter, including the two pilots, died.
On August 1, 2022, BLA killed six Pakistani army members in a similar attack on a helicopter. In an interesting move, the DG ISPR tried to cover up the incident by saying that bad weather was to blame.
Notably, in February of this year, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked two posts in Pakistan’s southwest province, killing more than 100 Pakistani soldiers and destroying a large part of their camps.
In an official statement, the BLA said that they still had most of both camps under their control. At the time, the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied that the attack was as bad as it seemed and said that fewer people had died.