Deadly Militant Attacks Claim Lives of 20 in Pakistan

Two separate militant attacks in Pakistan resulted in the deaths of at least 20 individuals, including soldiers, on Thursday. One attack targeted a convoy of oil workers in Balochistan.

In the first assault, armed assailants, numbering at least seven, targeted a convoy of the state-owned Oil and Gas Development Corporation in Balochistan. Seven soldiers of Frontier Corps and seven private security guards escorting the convoy lost their lives during the encounter along the Coastal Highway near Ormara.

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Though no group has claimed responsibility, suspicions point to one of two major groups seeking an independent Balochistan.

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The Pakistan Army’s public relations department, ISPR, condemned the attacks, vowing to thwart any efforts to disrupt peace and stability in Balochistan.

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In another incident on the same day, an improvised explosive device attack on a convoy near Razmak in North Waziristan claimed the lives of six soldiers, including an officer.

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These incidents follow closely after a previous attack that resulted in the deaths of two soldiers and injuries to three others in the Shawal Valley of North Waziristan.

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In September, security forces in Pakistan successfully eliminated four terrorists, including the notorious militant commander Ihsanullah alias Ihsan Sanray, in an intelligence-based operation in North Waziristan.

This operation came shortly after the neutralization of wanted terrorist Waseem Zakaria and four accomplices during another intelligence operation in the same region.