The United States has designated Pakistan's separatist Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a terrorist group and says Washington is working to deny the organization access to resources for planning and carrying out attacks.

The U.S. State Department announced the decision on July 2, saying the BLA was "an armed separatist group that usually targets security forces and civilians, mainly in ethnic Baluch areas" of southwestern Pakistan.

The State Department announcement says the BLA carried out a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack on a luxury hotel in Pakistan's southwestern port city of Gwadar.

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