Baloch insurgents ambushed a Frontier Corps (FC) convoy on Saturday in the Prome area, some 100 kilometres away from Panjgur, killing four paramilitary troops. The ambush triggered a firefirght which left five attackers dead.
The FC spokesperson confirmed the attack and the casualties. “The paramilitary troops killed five insurgents in a retaliatory action. They also recovered a huge cache of firearms from the militants,” he added.
The FC inspector general appreciated the action against the militants and said the paramilitary force would use all its resources to restore peace in the volatile province.
Panjgur police official Mustaq Ahmed also confirmed the incident. However, he added that the paramilitary troops did not hand over the bodies of the dead militants to the district administration.
“After the clash, FC troops launched a search operation in the Prome area in which the administration officials were not allowed to take part,” he added.
Talking to the BBC Urdu Balochistan correspondent, the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) spokesman Sarbaz Baloch claimed credit for the attack and refuted the FC claim that five attackers were also killed.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2013.
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