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Chinese Couple Abducted In Southwestern Pakistan

Pakistani security officials inspect the area from where two Chinese nationals were abducted by unknown armed men in Quetta on May 24.

Gunmen have abducted a Chinese couple in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, officials say.

Police said the incident took place on May 24 when assailants ambushed the Chinese couple's car in the provincial capital, Quetta.

Balochistan government spokesman Anwar ul-Haq Kakar said men pretending to be police officers kidnapped the Chinese citizens and wounded a passerby who tried to stop them.

It was unclear whether the two Chinese were in Quetta to teach Mandarin or study Urdu.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction, which was confirmed by Chinese state media.

Resource-rich Balochistan has been plagued by sectarian violence, Islamist militant attacks, and a separatist insurgency that has led to thousands of casualties since 2004.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters