File photo of security personnel at Balochistan's Sherani district: Photo Quetta Voice

From Our Correspondent :

ZHOB: Four personnel of the Pak Army were martyred and five were critically injured in a “dastardly” attack at the Zhob garrison on Wednesday morning, the military’s media wing said.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that terrorists’ initial attempt “to sneak into the facility was checked by soldiers on duty”.

“In ensuing heavy exchange of fire, the terrorists have been contained into a small area at the boundary,” the ISPR said, adding that three “heavily armed terrorists” had been killed so far. The local administration also confirms at least three terrorists have been so far killed by security forces.

“A clearance operation by security forces is underway to apprehend remaining two terrorists as well,” the statement said.

Security forces remain determined to thwart all such ghastly attempts

“Security forces remain determined to thwart all such ghastly attempts at destroying the peace of Balochistan and Pakistan,” it added.

Earlier today, Zhob District Commissioner (DC) Azeem Kakar told Daily Quetta Voice that the cantonment area in Zhob was under attack.

He further said that a woman civilian was killed after being caught in the crossfire while five other civilians were left injured. The official added that the severely injured were being referred to Quetta.

DC Kakar said that a passenger bus coming from Dera Ismail Khan was also caught in the firing. He added that “nothing can be said about the number of attackers”, and asserted that all departments were on alert and an operation was underway.

CM Bizenjo strongly condemns the terrorist attack

Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo strongly condemned the terrorist attack and praised the security forces for their bravery. In a statement issued after the attack, Mr. Bizenjo stated that security personnel embraced martyrdom in defending the masses and the motherland.

He said security forces’ sacrifices ensured peace and development in Balochistan. Mr. Bizenjo said the government was committed to eradicating the curse of terrorism and extremism from society.



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