15 soldiers killed in Balochistan: Officials

By AFP
Published: February 1, 2012

Around two dozen gunmen attacked two FC posts in Margut area, says senior military official. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

QUETTA: Baloch rebels attacked security forces overnight, killing at least 15 soldiers and wounding another 12 in clashes that raged for five hours, officials said Wednesday.

About two dozen gunmen attacked two posts in Margut, about 60 kilometres east of Quetta, capital of the insurgency-torn southwestern province of Balochistan. The soldiers were responsible for guarding coal mines, they said.

“About two dozen gunmen armed with light and heavy weapons attacked the Frontier Corps (paramilitary) posts and killed 15 soldiers,” a senior military official said.

He said another 12 soldiers were wounded in the assault.

Other security officials confirmed the casualties.

The assailants belonged to a Baloch militant group led by Harbiar Marri who is living in self exile in London, the official said.

Baloch rebels have been fighting since 2004 for political autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan’s wealth of natural oil, gas and mineral resources.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Sri
    Feb 1, 2012 - 1:07PM

    freedom is on the horizon. Keep up the pressure..

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  • KMR Overseas
    Feb 1, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Nobody talks of these soldiers and nobody care too… If it was by NATO hells would break!!

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  • Aamir
    Feb 1, 2012 - 1:25PM

    We need to change our regular security practices. In recent days more soldiers were killed guarding facilities in traditional bunkers. Strict practices with split bunkers locations needed to enable counter attack on criminals.

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  • Ahmad
    Feb 1, 2012 - 1:51PM

    There is no freedom struggle from

    its all struggle of Money which they are receiving in return from abroad

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 1, 2012 - 1:55PM

    @Sri

    Yeah the Baloch rebels would be free from the burden of life. It is indeed on the horizon.

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  • Khan
    Feb 1, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Army must ensure strong reaction and try to curb this as soon as possible.Recommend

  • mentelisco
    Feb 1, 2012 - 2:48PM

    @Sri: May the people of JK be liberated, May the NorthEast get their right…yes let the pressure on but at the right places ;)Recommend

  • Haris Bin Tariq
    Feb 1, 2012 - 3:01PM

    @Sri:
    what a stupid comment. Here we are, thinking to resolve it peacefully but then traitors like you have always existed.

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  • Rajendra Rana
    Feb 1, 2012 - 4:17PM

    keep it up friends your Allah is with you

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  • Akhtar
    Feb 1, 2012 - 4:40PM

    Unless some basic fundamental rights are given to baloch, these things are bound to happen! Army must release all baloch prisoners, withdraw from balochistan, & give them autonomy! The funds generated from baloch in the form of gas & other natural resources must be utilized for educAtion & medical & infrastructure of baloch for at least 5 years. This will give a sense of belonging to the country otherwise very soon the country will sit up.

    Once US leave afghanistan, the baloch rebels will get shelter & support from afghans who hate Pakistan. This will be a big disaster.Recommend

  • Salim
    Feb 1, 2012 - 5:34PM

    How unfortunate a country, it is, lost east Pakistan in 1971, on the brink of losing other parts only by repeating the same very mistakes over and over again. Will we ever learn from the past experience?

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  • Sri
    Feb 2, 2012 - 12:16AM

    @mentalisco:

    buddy, unlike the kashmiri who need the punjabis (from pak) to fight their war the baloch are more than capable of fighting their own war. Therein lies the difference.;)

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  • ZKhan
    Feb 2, 2012 - 12:40AM

    @Sri:
    agreed

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  • workforce
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:36AM

    freedom from what?@Sri:

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  • Salman
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:18AM

    With the blessings of Bhagwaan and kaalimaata Kashmir, Nagaland, assam , Manipur all will be liberated from tyranny of the country known as India

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  • Salim Ansari
    Feb 2, 2012 - 8:07AM

    @Salman: ” … With the blessings of Bhagwaan and kaalimaata Kashmir, Nagaland, …. “

    As a dis-passionate observer of events taking place in the sub-continent, I can say that it is Pakistan which is fraying at the edges. You have no idea how dire the circumstances are in Baluchistan and here you are talking about another country.

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  • Indian
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:36PM

    @Salman:
    Very good!!!! Pakistan’s track record says ‘Keep bickering and keep loosing’… First Bangladesh, now Baluchistan and Waziristan (more than half of Pakistan’s territory!!) and then FATA….. We in India are cheering what you just did… Keep going fellas.. Non one from outside Pakistan is needed to ‘balkanize’ it.. You are quite capable of doing it yourself!!

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  • John
    Feb 6, 2012 - 11:13AM

    @workforce:
    freedom from pakistan:

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