QUETTA: Four security officials were martyred and as many others were wounded while staving off a terrorist attack on a training centre of a paramilitary force in central Balochistan on Tuesday.
Four terrorists – including a suicide bomber – were also killed in the botched attack on the Frontier Corps training centre in Loralai district.
The heavily armed terrorists attempted to storm the residential/administration compound at the training centre, according to the military’s media wing.
However, the terrorists were challenged at the entry point and denied entry into the residential/administration compound, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
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After failing to achieve their primary target, the terrorists resorted to indiscriminate fire and entered a compound adjacent to the check post which was immediately cordoned off by the security forces.
“The valiant and timely action of the security forces denied the terrorists entry into the residential area which would have resulted in more casualties,” the ISPR said.
The terrorists were pinned down in the check-post by the security forces in the subsequent operation. “Four terrorists were shot down including one suicide bomber who blew himself during the final stage of the clearance operation,” the military’s media wing said.
It added that four security forces personnel were martyred and four others were injured in the initial exchange of fire at the check post.
The martyrs have been identified as Subedar Major Munawar, Havaldar Iqbal Khan, Havaldar Bilal and Sepoy Naqshab.
The four injured security personnel included; Havaldar Muhammad Amjad, DMT Wajid, DMT Abdul Rasheed and FC soldier Shahbaz. Two of the injured are said to be in serious condition.
The funeral prayers of all the four martyred security officials was offered at the Artillery Ground in which senior army and FC personnel participated.
Later, the bodies of the martyred were dispatched to their native towns and cities for burial.
Official sources said armed terrorists entered the area at around 5am and also hurled hand grenades at the security forces.
They said apart from army and FC troops, Special Services Group personnel joined the operation with the help of military helicopters.
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