Seven soldiers martyred in two Balochistan terror attacks
As many as seven soldiers were martyred and many injured in two terrorist attacks in Balochistan, said ISPR on Tuesday.
According to the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), six soldiers were martyred when their patrol vehicle hit a roadside mob in Machh. The IED attack in Pir Ghaib area of Machh late Monday night on the Frontier Corps (FC) C vehicle returning to base camp after routine patrolling duty left six personnel martyred including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and a civilian driver.
The martyred were identified as Naib Subedar Ihsan Ullah Khan, Naik Zubair Khan, Naik Ijaz Ahmed, Naik Maula Bux, Naik Noor Muhammad and driver Abdul Jabbar.
In the second terrorist attack, Sepoy Imdad Ali embraced martyrdom during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Mand area of Kech.
According to AFP, the first terror incident was happened in the hilly areas of Bolan district, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Quetta late on Monday.
"Six Frontier Corps personnel were killed in a roadside bomb blast while four others received injuries and have been sent to hospital," Deputy Commissioner Bolan Murad Kasi told AFP.
The bomb hit the vehicle during a routine patrol, he added.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Six soldiers were martyred in a similar roadside bomb blast earlier this month. The incident was later claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army.
Mineral-rich Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the largest of Pakistan's four provinces, but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.
China is investing in the area under a $54-billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), upgrading infrastructure, power and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and Pakistan's Gwadar port.
Thousands of paramilitary troops carry out security checks and help police in maintaining law and order in restive parts of Pakistan.