RAWALPINDI: At least five Frontier Corps soldiers were martyred as a patrolling party of the paramilitary force came under attack in Sibi’s Sangan area, said the Pakistan Amry media wing.
In a press release, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that “during the exchange of fire heavy losses were inflicted on to the terrorists in men and materials”.
Hav Zafar Ali Khan resident of Lakki Marvat, Lnk Hidayat ullah resident of Lakki Marvat, Lnk Nasir Abbas resident of Bhakkar, Lnk Basheer Ahmed resident of Naseerabad, and Sep Noor Ullah resident of Lakki Marvat were among the killed soldiers, ISPR added.
A search operation was underway “to block the escape routes” of the militants to arrest them.
“Such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by hostile intelligence agencies cannot sabotage the hard earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan,” the press release claimed, adding that security forces were “determined to neutralise their nefarious designs even at the cost of blood and lives”.
Last week, four FC soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), were martyred in an attack in Balochistan, said an ISPR press release.
On June 11, an FC soldier was killed during an exchange of fire in the Hulmerg area of Kharan district. The deceased soldier was identified as Sepoy Fidaur Rehman, a resident of Chitral.
At least four FC soldiers were martyred and eight others injured in two attacks in Balochistan, said ISPR on June 1.
According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), militants targetted an FC post near Pir Ismail Ziarat in Quetta. During the exchange of fire, four soldiers lost their lives, while “4-5” militants were killed as well. Six FC troops were injured, whereas at least 7-8 militants were wounded.
In the second incident, the alleged terrorists targeted an FC vehicle with an improvised explosive device at Turbat, leaving two FC soldiers injured.
The ISPR said that “such cowardly acts by inimical elements backed by anti-state forces and HIAs cannot sabotage the hard-earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan”.
In May, three soldiers of the Frontier Corps embraced martyrdom while five others received injuries in two separate attacks in Quetta and Turbat districts of Balochistan, said the military’s media wing on Sunday night.
In another attack in Sherbandi, Turbat, the militants targeted soldiers patrolling along the Pakistan-Iran border. Four FC soldiers got injured as a result of the firing.