Islamabad, 15 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – At least three soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in an attack late Tuesday by militants in south-western Pakistan, the military said.
The terrorists attacked a group of security forces who were carrying out a routine patrol in the Panjgoor district of Balochistan, the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement late Tuesday evening.
An injured officer was taken to a military hospital in Quetta where five other victims were reported to be in critical condition.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack comes after four soldiers were killed on Sunday in a clash with militants in the north-western tribal region near the Afghan border. Four terrorists were also killed in the clash, according to the military.
Balochistan, which shares a border with both Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan‘s largest and most volatile province.
It faces a multifaceted threat from jihadist groups, including the Taliban, Sunni sectarian militants targeting Shiite Muslims, and nationalist insurgents seeking the liberation of their province.
Violence has declined significantly in Pakistan in recent years, after the country’s army pushed back Islamist militants in a series of offensives near the border.
However, militants are still capable of launching random attacks.