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October 19, 2015: Bomb planted on bus roof explodes in Pakistan

On October 19, 2015 a bomb explosion on a bus in the Pakistani city of Quetta killed at least 11 people and wounded a further 22

QUETTA, PAKISTAN – It says a lot that terrorism is rampant in a part of the world most of us could not find on a map.

We are busy people. Well, at least most of us are. We have our work lives, our family lives, our recreational times, our down times, etc. This is exhausting to put it mildly.

Those of us who try to keep up on world events have a huge problem: there is simply too much information to keep up on. When I ran collection at Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s signals intelligence agency (SIGINT) back in the late 1990s we used to say that we had to try to drink from a fire hose. That analogy today would have to be ramped up to drinking from Niagara Falls (168,000 cubic metres every minute – that’s a lot of water!).

Any chance I can get a wee dram of single malt scotch with that? (Photo: Randy Greve on flickr, CC BY 2.0)

It is therefore not surprising that there are conflicts that are unnoticed by most of us as they occur in places not well understood. They are either not well covered or are discussed in forums off the beaten path. The ongoing terrorism campaign in Balochistan (southwest Pakistan) is a very good example.

On this day in 2015

A bomb explosion on a bus in the Pakistani city of Quetta killed at least 11 people and wounded a further 22. According to local police the device was planted on the roof of the vehicle. The culprits could have been members of separatist, sectarian and Islamist insurgencies.

This is a cowardly act that has targeted innocent people. We are fighting against terrorism here. And we will keep fighting until the last terrorist is killed.

Provincial Interior Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti

Terrorist attacks in Balochistan are sadly very common. Just because you probably couldn’t find this region on a map and it is not in your FaceBook feed does not mean it is not happening.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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