On Wednesday a Chinese couple were abducted while being driven through Quetta, Pakistan. The pair were reportedly working as teachers at a language school. Their driver escaped, and a passerby was injured.

The incident shines a light on the security difficulties surrounding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a series of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects designed to link mineral-rich western China with the coast at Gwader and Karachi. Balochistan has long struggled with unrest.

From the New York Times

Pakistani Police: Chinese Couple Abducted in the Southwest

A Pakistani police spokesman says gunmen have abducted a Chinese couple who were teaching at a private language school in the country’s southwest.

Shahzada Farhat says the incident took place on Wednesday when assailants ambushed the Chinese couple’s car in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. He says no one has claimed responsibility and the motive behind the abduction is unclear.

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From the Hindustan Times

Gunmen kidnap two Chinese nationals in Balochistan

A third Chinese national managed to evade the kidnappers while a passerby was shot in the foot when he tried to intervene. The Chinese embassy in Islamabad confirmed the incident.

No one claimed responsibility for the abduction though reports suggested the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a separatist group, might be involved.

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