Incident Summary:

11/15/2017: Assailants abducted 20 people attempting to travel to Europe through Iran in Buleda, Balochistan, Pakistan. At least 15 hostages were killed and their bodies were discovered later the same day. The five remaining victims were also killed and their bodies were discovered on November 18, 2017. The Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) claimed responsibility for the attack. Separately, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the victims were targeted for their work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in Balochistan.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Kech district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Laborers
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 20
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 The victims included Daanish Awan, Qasim Awan, Saqib, Usman Qadeer Awan, and Badar Muneer.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan: More Dead Bodies of People Belonging to Punjab Recovered in Kech District of Balochistan," BBC Online, November 18, 2017.
"Five more bullet-riddled bodies found near Turbat," Dawn (Pakistan), November 19, 2017.
"BLF commander behind Turbat massacre killed," The Nation Pakistan, November 18, 2017.