Conflicts & War

5 soldiers killed in an attack in southwestern Pakistan

Islamabad, Jun 25 (EFE).- At least five soldiers were killed in an attack on an army patrol in the volatile Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan, a country that has experienced an increase in terrorist attacks in recent months.

The attack occurred in the Sangan area where a Frontier Corps (FC) patrol was attacked by alleged terrorists, leading to a clash, the army’s media wing, or ISPR, said in a statement Friday without revealing the time of the incident.

“During the process 5 brave soldiers of FC Balochistan also embraced Shahadat (martyrdom),” said the statement.

ISPR added that “heavy losses were inflicted on to the terrorists” but did not reveal any concrete data.

Terrorist attacks in Pakistan have declined considerably since the army launched several military operations in 2014, but in recent months there has been a surge in militant attacks, particularly in Balochistan.

Balochistan, the largest and least populated region of the Asian country, bears witness to regular attacks by separatist groups, as well as armed Islamist groups and mafia networks that operate across the country, making it one of the most unstable and unsafe regions in Pakistan.

In late April, in what was one of the latest major attacks in the region, five people were killed and 15 wounded in an attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a luxury hotel in Quetta, ahead of the arrival of the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan.

Earlier this month, eight people were killed, four of them soldiers, and 13 others were injured in an insurgent attack on a military post in Quetta. EFE


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