Five soldiers from Frontier Corps Balochistan were martyred after terrorists targeted a patrolling party in Sibi district's Sangan area, the military's media affairs wing said on Friday.
"During the exchange of fire, heavy losses were inflicted on to the terrorists in men and materials," the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
The five martyred soldiers were identified as Havildar Zafar Ali Khan, Lance Naik Hidayatullah, Lance Naik Nasir Abbas, Lance Naik Basheer Ahmed and Sepoy Noorullah.
"A sanitisation/search operation is also in progress to block the escape routes of the terrorists and apprehend the perpetrators," the ISPR said.
"Such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by hostile intelligence agencies, cannot sabotage the hard earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan," the statement said.
"Security forces are determined to neutralise their nefarious designs even at the cost of blood and lives," it concluded.