Incident Summary:

07/30/2009: On Thursday, in the Sangsila area, Sui, Balochistan, Pakistan, assailants fired upon a police patrol that was responding to the kidnapping of laborers in the area. One police officer was killed, 16 were injured and 19 others were kidnapped. On 07/31/2009, assailants fired upon and killed four of the kidnapped officers, while one police officer escaped. On 08/09/2009, the assailants fired upon and killed four more of the kidnapped police officers. On 08/14/2009, the assailants killed nine more police hostages by unknown means. On 08/18/2009, one police officer escaped. The Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility.




South Asia

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Location Details:
In the Sangsila area in Sui, Balochistan, Pakistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Sui Law Enforcement
Specific Description Police officers
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 19
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 19
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms and other unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Seventeen of the kidnapped police officers were killed on various days, 8/09/2009 and 8/14/2009, during the kidnapping while two police officers managed to escape. The number of days of detainment, 19, was used because it was the number of days detained up till the date of the resolution.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Seventeen Police Officers Kidnapped and Killed; One Police Officer Killed, 16 Others Injured in Armed Attack; Two Police Officers, 11 Civilians Kidnapped by BLA in Sui, Balochistan, Pakistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, February 20, 2010.
Pajhwok Afghan News, “Baloch Militants Kill More Cops,” LexisNexis Academic, Pajhwok Afghan News, August 09, 2009.
South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Baloch Republican Army Claims Killing Ten More Policemen in Balochistan," (August 10, 2009).