Militant attack from Afghanistan kills FC soldier in Balochistan

Published: August 22, 2014
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"About 70 to 80 militants intruded from (the) Afghanistan side into Pakistani territory," the military said in a statement. STOCK IMAGE

"About 70 to 80 militants intruded from (the) Afghanistan side into Pakistani territory," the military said in a statement. STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: A paramilitary soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with militants who entered Pakistani territory from Afghanistan on Friday, the military said.

The incident happened in the Muslim Bagh sector of Balochistan, near the Afghan border.

The exchange of fire between armed men and security personnel was still underway till the filing of this report.

“Around 70 to 80 armed men, smugglers and militants, tried to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan near Muslim Bagh in Qila Saifullah. Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, primarily responsible for guarding border, tried to stop them when they opened fire,” spokesperson of FC Balochistan Khan Wasay told The Express Tribune.

During the exchange of fire, an FC personnel, Naik Mohabat Khan, sustained serious bullet wounds and later reportedly succumbed to his injuries.

The FC troops were on their routine patrol when they spotted the intruders entering Pakistani side border taking the cover of the poppy crops.

“The clashes between security forces and smugglers often take place near the bordering area,” spokesperson further said, adding that the exchange of fire is still underway.

Militants from Afghanistan routinely intrude into Pakistani territory near the border in the northwest and attack military check posts and their opponents, souring diplomatic ties between Islamabad and Kabul.

Rebels from Afghanistan stormed the house of a local anti-Taliban militia member earlier this month in northwestern Upper Dir district, killing him and three members of his family.

Islamabad has blamed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah for the attacks. Fazlullah is believed to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Prognosticator
    Aug 22, 2014 - 6:47PM

    Please stop the killing. You can never have a better life through violence. It is alright to have difference of opinion without having to resort to killing.

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  • Malik
    Aug 22, 2014 - 6:57PM

    India recently said they had additional tools in their kit to answer Pakistani border shootings and sending terrorists across border.

    This is just the beginning

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  • Moiz Omar
    Aug 22, 2014 - 9:38PM

    This is why we need to close off the Afghan Pakistan Border. R.I.P.Recommend

  • Zen
    Aug 22, 2014 - 10:52PM

    @Malik:
    If true, it is a correct measure. It takes two to tango!Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Aug 23, 2014 - 3:13AM

    Muslim Bagh was called “Hindu Bagh” and hardliner Pakistani Muslims renamed it to Muslim Bagh. Hope some day it gets its original name.Recommend

  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Aug 23, 2014 - 6:38AM

    Indians and their Afghan terrorists, please stop killing Pakistanis, stop infiltrating Pakistan, and stop trying to divide Muslims against each other. I am from Peshawar and we are very angry with you here for killing our relatives.

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