Attackers had links with handlers in Afghanistan, India: army

Pakistan on Thursday blamed elements based in Afghanistan and India for attacks on two security forces’ installations in Balochistan even as troops continued an operation against terrorists holding out in the Panjgur district.

At least 13 terrorists were killed and seven security personnel, including an officer, martyred during armed attacks on two security forces’ camps in the Nushki and Panjgur districts, and subsequent security operations against the attackers, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.

In a statement regarding the attack, which was partly reported in Thursday’s paper, ISPR said that after successfully repulsing attacks on Wednesday night, security forces carried out clearance operations to hunt down the attackers hiding in the area, killing at least five terrorists.

Security forces claimed to have killed five attackers in Nushki, while four terrorists who were trying to flee the area were engaged and killed in Panjgur. Four terrorists were killed on Wednesday night.

The ISPR statement mentioned that according to their initial findings, intelligence agencies had intercepted communications between terrorists and their handlers in Afghanistan and India.

According to the military, action is still ongoing in Panjgur where four to five terrorists have been surrounded by security forces. The statement said that three soldiers and an officer were martyred in the line of duty at Nushki, while four soldiers were injured and three others laid down their lives in the fighting in Panjgur.

In a tweet on Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan paid tribute to the “brave security forces who repulsed terrorist attacks against security forces’ camps”, adding that: “The nation stands united behind our security forces who continue to give great sacrifices to protect us”.