Two Pakistan Army soldiers embraced martyrdom in Harnai, Balochistan during a gun battle with terrorists, the military’s media affairs wing said on Sunday.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said terrorists attacked a security check post in Harnai’s Khost area on Saturday night which was successfully repulsed by soldiers.

The attackers attempted to flee after the ambush, the ISPR said.

“The escaping terrorists were pursued into the nearby mountains and an exchange of heavy fire ensued, and as a result, two valiant sons of soil, Naik Atif and Sepoy Qayyum embraced martyrdom,” the statement added.

It said the gun battle also left Major Umer injured, while causing losses to the terrorists.

The military’s media wing said: “On the eve of 75th Independence Day, security forces remain determined to thwart attempts at sabotaging peace, stability and progress of Balochistan.”

On Saturday, an army soldier was martyred in an IED blast in Lower Dir as militants stepped up attacks against security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Similarly on Aug 9, four soldiers were martyred in a suicide blast at a military convoy in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan district.

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