5 soldiers killed as militants attack check posts in Mohmand Agency

Published: March 6, 2017
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Pakistan Army personnel carry coffins of five soldiers who were killed during a Sunday night militant attack in Mohmand Agency. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Pakistan Army personnel carry coffins of five soldiers who were killed during a Sunday night militant attack in Mohmand Agency. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR: Five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in cross fire as militants from Afghanistan attacked three border posts in Mohmand Agency on Sunday night.

“Last night terrorists from across the border attempted physical attack on three Pakistan border posts in Mohmand Agency,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“Effective presence, vigilance and response repulsed terrorists’ attempt,” the statement added.

Over 15 militants were also killed by security forces in response to the cross-border attack.

“There are credible reports of following six operational level terrorists killed overnight:

  1. Kuchay Bajuari
  2. Zar Mohammad @ Madni
  3. Huzaifa
  4. Sangary
  5. Lakhkari
  6. Sangeen

“Pakistan Army shall not spare any terrorist.”

Soldier killed in Khyber cross-border attack

The soldiers killed during the attack have been identified as Nk Sanaullah, Nk Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Muhammad and Sepoy Anwar.

A faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaatul Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.

Army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa appreciated the response by Pakistani troops to last night’s cross border attack. He emphasised the need for physical presence on the Afghan side of the border for effective border security. “Terrorists are common threat and must be denied freedom of movement/action along the border,” the army chief said.

Gen Bajwa also expressed grief on the loss of precious lives and hailed the sacrifices made by the soldiers.

Pakistan lodges strong protest with Afghanistan over firing from Afghan territory

Meanwhile, Pakistan launched a strong protest with the Afghan government over the killing of soldiers.

“In this regard, Afghan Deputy Head of Mission was called to the foreign office today for conveying Pakistan’s grave concern over the incident,” the foreign office said in a statement.

The Afghan government, the Foreign Office said, was urged to thoroughly investigate the incidents and take firm action against the terrorists operating from its soil to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

“It was further emphasised that cooperation from Afghan side for effective border management was important for preventing cross-border movement of terrorists and militants.”

Charsadda attack bombers came from Afghanistan via Mohmand: K-P IG

The latest incident comes during already tense relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. At the heart of the problem is Kabul’s continued allegations against Pakistan for providing what it called ‘safe havens’ to terrorists launching the cross border raids.

Islamabad has its own list of grievances starting from weak border controls to tacit support being provided by Afghan intelligence agencies to the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other anti-Pakistan elements.

Despite Afghanistan’s relentless campaign, Pakistan is still seeking to resolve all differences through dialogue. Following the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Gen Qamar telephoned Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani to condemn the latest wave of violence and to offer his support to fight menace of terrorism jointly. The army chief, however, urged the Afghan president to stop blame game because it only served the purpose of those who never wanted smooth relationship between the two neighbors.

Ghani, nevertheless, stuck to his tirade against Pakistan and said his country wanted ‘serious talks’ about the future of its ties with the neighboring country. The continued blame game has prevented the army chief from finalising a plan for a crucial visit to Kabul.

Funeral prayers offered

The funeral prayers for the ‘martyred soldiers’ were offered at Peshawar garrison on Monday, ISPR said.

According to the military’s media wing, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governor and chief minister, Crops Commander Lt-Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt and other senior serving civil and military officers and soldiers attended the funeral. “The bodies will be taken to their native areas where they will be burried with full military honour.”

Funeral prayers are being offered for five Pakistan Army soldiers who had been killed during a militant attack in Mohmand Agency late on Sunday night. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PHOTO: ISPR

PHOTO: ISPR

PHOTO: ISPR

PHOTO: ISPR

PHOTO: ISPR

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Reader Comments (10)

  • shahid Butt
    Mar 6, 2017 - 8:59AM

    good job by army.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Mar 6, 2017 - 9:32AM

    Instead of hailing the sacrifices of soldiers, change the policy of good terrorist bad terrorist.Recommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Mar 6, 2017 - 9:39AM

    ISPR propaganda = Pakistan casualties * 2Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 6, 2017 - 9:43AM

    Shelling wont do the job alone. We need to do cross border raids to take out these militants.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Mar 6, 2017 - 12:20PM

    Hit them very hard inside the Afghanistan boarders so that either they are killed or they go back many miles.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Mar 6, 2017 - 12:49PM

    Please use the word ‘martyred’ rather than ‘killed’.Recommend

  • Sara
    Mar 6, 2017 - 5:57PM

    These terrorists and Indians just keep on coming, like the orcs in the Lord of the Rings series!Recommend

  • ®pot_belly dancer ω
    Mar 6, 2017 - 9:22PM

    PEACE plzRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 6, 2017 - 10:07PM

    Pakistan should stop this vigalanti extra judicial killings, the kind practiced in philipines lest it is charged with war crimes.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Sial
    Mar 6, 2017 - 11:16PM

    Does Afghanistan has any control over its territory?Recommend

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