Seven soldiers have been martyred in two separate terror attacks in Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.
According to the ISPR statement, terrorists targeted a vehicle of the Frontier Corps (FC) in Mach using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), claiming the lives of six Pakistan Army soldiers.
The martyred soldiers were identified as Naib Subedar Ihsan Ullah Khan, Naik Zubair Khan, Naik Ijaz Ahmed, Naik Maula Bux, Naik Noor Muhammad and Abdul Jabbar.
In a separate incident at Kech, another soldier, Sipahi Imdad Ali was martyred in an exchange of fire with militants.
PML-N party chief and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif “strongly condemned” the terror attack and expressed sadness over the martyrdom of the soldiers.
پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے صدر اور قائد حزب اختلاف شہبازشریف کی مچھ اور کیچ میں دہشت گردوں کے حملے کی شدید مذمت
جو نئیر کمیشنڈ آفسیر ،چھ جوانوں اور ایک ڈرائیور کی شہادت پر رنج وغم اور افسوس کا اظہار
شہداءکے اہلخانہ سے تعزیت اور ہمدردی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں
— PML(N) (@pmln_org) May 19, 2020
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also took to Twitter to condemn the incident. She said that terrorist outfits were coming under “increased pressure” as they were increasingly isolated internationally.
She added that “Pakistan continues to make gains in its fight against terrorism”.
Terrorists in Balochistan attack again as 7 more brave soldiers embrace martyrdom. Terrorist outfits coming under increasing pressure as their international isolation increases and Pakistan continues to make gains in its fight against terrorism.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) May 19, 2020
Earlier this month, five FC soldiers and one officer were martyred after their vehicle was targeted with an IED near the Pakistan-Iran border.
In a tweet, the military’s media wing said the security personnel were returning from patrolling in Buleda — 14 kilometres from the Pakistan-Iran border — to “check possible routes used by terrorists in the mountainous terrain of Makran”.
1 offr, 5 soldiers embraced shahadat as FC South #Balochistan vehicle was targeted with remote controlled IED while returning from patrolling in Buleda, 14 kms from Pak-Iran Border, to check possible routes used by terrorists in mountainous terrain of Mekran. #OurMartyrsOurHeroes pic.twitter.com/mES0jMWRxq
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 8, 2020
As they were returning, their vehicle was targeted with a remote controlled IED, it added.