QUETTA, Pakistan - Unknown gunmen killed six civilians in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province while attackers killed a police officer in the southern city of Karachi in order to free two alleged killers he was escorting, officials said Friday. Local administrator Mohammad Younus of Baluchistan's Panjgur district said gunmen killed six people from the same family in an isolated house.
One of Pakistan's most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it. Ever since it broke away from the Pakistani Taliban in 2014, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar or the Freedom Movement had been carrying out sporadic attacks, often weeks or months apart.
In this Monday, March 28, 2016 photo, women try to comfort a Christian mother who lost her son in bomb attack, claimed responsibility by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, in Lahore, Pakistan. One of Pakistan's most vicious militant groups, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has dramatically stepped its attacks over the past month in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it.
One of Pakistan's most vicious militan... . FILE - In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Pakistani Christians hold candles during a vigil for victims of a deadly suicide bombing claimed responsibility by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, in Lahore, Pakistan.
Suspected New York City Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami's father caught him watching jihadi videos as far as back as 2012 and did not alert authorities until 2014. Rahami's father reportedly caught him watching the videos after returning from Pakistan in 2011.
The Guardian , citing a Pakistani security source, has confirmed that New York and New Jersey bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami spent time receiving "Islamic education" at a Taliban-linked seminary in Pakistan during his extended stay there. Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Afghan descent whose writings strongly indicate a jihadist influence behind his plan to bomb multiple locations in the tri-state area, reportedly attended jihadist lectures and had some involvement to the Taliban community in Quetta, a known terror hotbed in Pakistan.
Jama'at-ul-Ahrar , a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan , claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP-JuA 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan, while claiming responsibility, vowed to carry out more such attacks.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is shown in Union County, New Jersey, U.S. Prosecutor's Office photo released on September 19, 2016. Courtesy Union County Prosecutor's Office/Handout via REUTERS Suspected NYC Bomber Ahmad Rahami became radicalized by an extremist cleric named Qudri during a year-long trip to Pakistan in 2014.
First responders work near the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17. FIRST THE San Bernardino shooting, then the Pulse nightclub massacre , and now the Chelsea bombings : A recent spate of attacks by homegrown terrorists threatens to erode the country's trust in the nation's anti-terrorism efforts and push national-security law out of the careful balance Congress has recently struck.
The capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province has organized various events to mark the day in Quetta and other parts of the Pashtun culture. September 23 last year, was started to celebrate the day of the Pashtun culture around the world.