The U.S. State Department on Tuesday imposed terrorism sanctions on a Pakistan-based militant group and the head of a Hizballah intelligence unit.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), sanctioned Tuesday by the U.S., was designated in 2006 by Pakistan and the U.K. The group has attacked security forces and civilians, mainly in ethnic Baloch areas of Pakistan, according to the State Department.
BLA, based in Pakistan's Balochistan province, claimed responsibility for an attack in May on a luxury hotel in the port city of Gwadar that killed five people, saying it was targeting Chinese and other foreign investors. The group has repeatedly attacked Chinese assets on Pakistani soil, according to an April report by The Economic Times, an Indian news organization. The State Department cited the May attack, as well as incidents in August and November of 2018.