Seven FC troops, seven security guards martyred in Ormara attack

  • Seven FC troops, seven security guards martyred in Ormara attack

Seven FC troops, seven security guards martyred in Ormara attack

In a separate development, at least six Pakistani soldiers were killed during an improvised explosive device attack on their vehicle convoy near the northwestern town of Razmak, in North Waziristan district, on Thursday, Pakistan's military said in a brief statement.

The ISPR added that the security forces responded effectively and ensured security of the OGDCL persons and managed their safe exit from the area. During the clash, substantial losses were also incurred to the terrorists.

The security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to arrest the terrorists, said the ISPR. "Moreover, these acts can not subdue resolve of our forces which are determined to defend the motherland, even at the cost of their lives", said the ISPR. The martyrs included Subedar Abid Hussain, Naik Muhammad Anwar, Lance Naik Iftikhar Ahmed, Sepoy Muhammad Naveed, Lance Naik Abdul Latif, Sepoy Muhammad Waris, Sepoy Imran Khan, Havaldar (retd) Samandar Khan, Muhammad Fawadullah, Attaullah, Waris Khan, Abdul Nafay, Shakirullah and Abid Hussain.

That attack was claimed by the Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), an alliance of armed ethnic Baloch separatist groups who demand independence from Pakistan.

The vehicles were travelling to Karachi from the port town of Gwadar when they were ambushed near the small town of Ormara, about 250km (155 miles) west of their destination, a security source said.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and Home Minister Zia Langove have also condemned the attack and termed it a cowardly terrorist act. The premier expressed grief with the families of the martyred personnel of security agencies. "The cowardly acts of the anti-state elements could not diminish the high spirits and morale of the people of the province", he said.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman and other leaders strongly condemned the North Waziristan and Balochistan terror attacks and said terrorists will never escape punishment.

However, two splinter groups rejoined the TTP this year, and attacks against security forces have seen a marked increase. The incident occurred at 6pm on Wednesday. The seven employees were working as security officials for the company, said the intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The bodies and a wounded soldier were taken to a garrison in Bannu district by a helicopter.

The incident occurred four days after two soldiers were martyred and three others suffered injuries in an attack on a security post in Shawal valley near the Afghan border.

The surge in violence has resulted in the martyrdom of several officers, soldiers and civilians.