QUETTA: Inspector General Frontier Corps (IG FC) Balochistan South Region Major General Saeed Ahmed Nagra on Thursday narrowly escaped a deadly attack by gunmen on his convoy in Washuk. Two FC soldiers embraced martyrdom in the attack.
Newly-appointed IG FC Balochistan Maj Gen Nagra was heading towards Khuzdar from Panjgur to review the situation in the area when his convoy was ambushed in Naal, some 10 kilometres from Washuk.
Unidentified men armed with sophisticated weapons hiding in the mountains opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy, martyring two FC soldiers.
The IG FC and Commandant Panjgur Rifle Shajiullah Qadri escaped the attack unhurt.
Heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area within minutes of the attack while a search operation is under way to hunt down the attackers.
The IG FC and commandant Panjgur Rifle were evacuated to District Headquarter Baseema and later shifted to Khuzdar via a helicopter.
The martyred FC soldiers were identified as Hawaldar Yahyauddin and Lance Naik Saifur Rehman. The bodies were shifted to DHQ Hospital and later transported to their native towns for burial.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the defunct Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) led by Dr Allah Nazar Baloch has remained active in attacking security forces in the Makran division, particularly in Awaran and Washuk districts.
In September last year, three security personnel, including Lt Col Amir Waheed, had been martyred in an attack in the bordering areas of Washuk and Panjgur by the Baloch separatist fighters.