ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has said that a total of 15 terrorists were killed on Wednesday night after they attacked security forces’ camps in Balochistan’s Naushki and Panjgur.
In a video message posted on his Twitter handle, the minister said terrorists attacked the security forces’ camps which was successfully repulsed by the Pakistan Army soldiers while inflicting heavy casualties to terrorists.
“Nine terrorists in Balochistan’s Naushki and six in Panjgur were killed by the Pakistan Army soldiers. Four soldiers also lost their lives in Naushki attack,” Rashid said.
The minister also commended the Pakistan Army soldiers for repulsing the terrorist attack.
Sheikh Rashid, while lauding the armed forces, said four to five terrorists were still holding out in Panjgur after the security forces successfully repulsed an attack on the FC base in the city and in Naushki.
The military’s media wing had confirmed on Wednesday night that at least one soldier was martyred and four terrorists were killed after FC bases in Panjgur and Naushki came under attack.
“They [terrorists] would be eliminated soon. This is yet another success that Pakistan Army has achieved against terrorism,” the interior minister said in a video message.
The minister further revealed that four soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred during the operation whereas nine terrorists in Naushki and six in Panjgur were killed by the security forces.
“Panjgur and Naushki have been cleared of terrorists,” Rashid added.
The military’s media wing had stated that terrorists tried to enter the security forces’ camp from two locations in Panjgur. However, timely response by troops foiled their attempt. It also said that terrorists fled, while their casualties were being ascertained.
in Naushki, terrorists attempted to enter an FC camp which was promptly responded and four terrorists were killed. One officer was reportedly injured in the shootout.
The attacks were the latest in a string of terrorist acts seen in recent weeks in the province. Last week, the ISPR had said that terrorists attacked a check post in the Kech district of the province in which 10 soldiers were martyred.
According to the ISPR, the “fire raid” by terrorists in Kech had occurred in the night between January 25 and 26. It said that the forces repulsed the attack and “during intense exchange of fire” one terrorist was also killed and several others injured.
ISPR said that the operation in Panjgur to eliminate fleeing terrorists is continuing. “As per initial investigation, intelligence agencies have intercepted communications between terrorists and their handlers in Afghanistan and India,” the ISPR said.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan had also lauded the Pakistan Army soldiers, saying that the nation stands united “behind our security forces who continue to give great sacrifices to protect us”.
In a statement on Wednesday, the ISPR said both attacks were successfully repulsed while inflicting heavy casualties to terrorists. “In Panjgur, terrorists tried to enter security forces camp from 2 locations.
According to ISPR, the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement.