Web Desk — Islamic State has killed two Chinese teachers it kidnapped in Baluchistan last month, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said on Thursday, in a blow to Islamabad’s efforts to safeguard Chinese workers.
According to a report, Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped the two language teachers in the provincial capital, Quetta, on May 24. The kidnapping was a rare security incident involving Chinese nationals in Pakistan, where Beijing has pledged $57 billion for its “Belt and Road” plan.
“Islamic State fighters killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province, southwest Pakistan,” Amaq said.
A Baluchistan government spokesman said officials were in the process of confirming “whether the report is true”.
China’s embassy in Pakistan could not be reached and there was no immediate comment from Pakistan’s interior ministry or its foreign office.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan’s military published details of a three-day raid on an militant hideout in a cave not far from Quetta, saying it had killed 12 “hardcore terrorists” from a banned local Islamist group and prevented Islamic State from gaining a “foothold” in Baluchistan.