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Pakistan troops seek for attackers after 6 troopers killed


QUETTA, Pakistan — Pakistani forces on Monday expanded their seek for the perpetrators behind a number of assaults that killed six troops and wounded 17 civilians in a restive southwestern province the day before today.

The highest authorities official within the southwestern Baluchistan province, Abdul Aziz Uqaili, stated there a complete of 9 assaults within the province on Sunday. No civilians have been killed within the assaults, he tweeted. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the violence in Baluchistan.

Earlier, the army in a press release stated 5 troopers, together with a military captain, have been killed when a roadside bomb exploded close to a safety forces’ car throughout a clearance operation in Kahan, a distant space in Baluchistan bordering Afghanistan. No militant group has claimed duty for the bombing.

The sixth soldier was killed in a shootout with the Pakistani Taliban within the Sambaza space of Zhob district, in response to Azfar Mohesar, a senior police official. A militant was additionally killed within the shootout, he stated.

Within the provincial capital of Quetta, 12 folks have been wounded when assailants threw a hand grenade in a bazaar close to a residential space, Mohesar added. Elsewhere in Baluchistan, 5 folks have been wounded in assaults within the cities of Kalat, Khuzdar, and Hub.

On Monday, Pakistan’s military chief Gen. Asim Munir and different officers attended the funeral of military Capt. Mohammad Fahad Khan, who was among the many troopers killed in Baluchistan the day before today.

The Pakistani Taliban — recognized additionally as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP — have stepped up assaults throughout Pakistan since November, after they unilaterally ended a cease-fire after accusing the army of violating the truce.

The militant group is an ally of the Afghan Taliban, who seized energy in neighboring Afghanistan final yr as U.S. and NATO troops have been within the ultimate levels of their pullout. The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has emboldened the Pakistani Taliban.

Additionally, unrelated to TTP, separatists in Baluchistan have lengthy waged a low-level insurgency in search of independence from the central authorities in Islamabad.

In the meantime, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Islamabad on Monday issued a safety alert for the dominion’s residents, advising them to stay cautious as there was a menace of assaults in Pakistan. The event got here a day after the U.S. Embassy issued an identical warning for its residents within the capital.



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