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    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Two Chinese nationals, a man and a woman, were kidnapped from Quetta

    Two Chinese nationals, a man and a woman, were kidnapped from the Jinnah Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on Wednesday afternoon, South Punjab News reported.
    According to police, unknown abductors had forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and driven away.
    One other woman, also a Chinese national, reportedly escaped the abduction.

    CCTV footage shows the car in which the Chinese nationals were abducted.─Security sources.
    CCTV footage shows the car in which the Chinese nationals were abducted.─Security sources.

    A passerby was injured after one of the abductors opened fire at the scene, South Punjab News reported.
    Police and Frontier Corps personnel reached the scene of the abduction to initiate an investigation.
    They were headed to Jinnah Town, which is an affluent residential area in the city where many non-governmental organisations' (NGO) offices are based, to teach Mandarin.
    Chinese interest in Balochistan has spiked in recent years after the announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which plans to connect Pakistani ports to Mainland China.
    A Chinese family including a husband and his wife was abducted from Quetta’s Jinnah Town area on Wednesday.
    DIG Quetta said those abducted include a couple. However he does not verify their nationality.
    A private TV channel reported the couple was Chinese citizens.
    The foreign nationals went to have lunch at a local restaurant when the incident took place.
    Police said unknown abductors put the foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and drove away.
    A local man, likely the guard of the foreigners, sustained injuries when he resisted the kidnapping.
    Officials have not yet confirmed the identity and nationality of the abductees.
    Police have launched investigation into the incident.
    Balochistan government spokesman told Reuters, "A Chinese couple has been kidnapped and their personal guard was injured during the incident."
    Many Chinese nationals are working in the country at China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.
    China´s ambassador to Pakistan and other officials have urged Islamabad to improve security, especially in Balochistan.
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