According to the Pakistan Army’s Department of Public Relations, ten security personnel, including an officer, were killed in two different incidents.
According to the ISPR, these two incidents occurred in Balochistan and North Waziristan. ISPR statement said that terrorists martyred FC personnel in Balochistan’s Turbat. The attack killed four soldiers, including an army captain. According to ISPR, FC personnel were busy in combing operations when terrorists opened fire on them.
Army’s Department of Public Relations has said that security personnel patrolling near Gurbaz area of North Waziristan have been fired from across the border, resulting in the death of a Hawaldar and five soldiers.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote in a tweet expressing regret over these extremist incidents. “I salute our armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe. My condolences & prayers go to the families of the10 brave soldiers, including an officer, martyred fighting terrorists in North Waziristan & Balochistan today,” said Khan in a tweet.
No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks.
The DGISPR wrote in the tweet, “Shahadat of 6 s[o]ld[ie]rs on Pak-Afg B[or]d[e]r & 4 in B[a]l[ochista]n is the sacrifice Pakistan making for peace in the region. While [the] security of tribal areas has been improved with efforts now focused to solidify border, inimical forces are attempting to destabilize B[a]l[ochista] n. Their efforts shall IA fail.”
It should be noted that there have been firing incidents on the Pak-Afghan border before, and Pakistan has been protesting in this regard that Afghanistan should take measures to prevent cross-border terrorism.
Pakistan Army has also started fencing on the border from 2017 to prevent cross-border terrorist attacks that have been substantially completed. However, there are still some areas on the border where terrorists enter into Pakistan and attack Pakistani forces. A spokesman for the Pakistan Army had said that the fencing would be completed in 2019.
The firing on security personnel in North Waziristan and the shooting and suicide attacks on police officers in Dera Ismail Khan took place at a time when elections were held for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly this week in former FATA.