Pakistan: 6 soldiers killed by militants


Six Pakistani soldiers were killed after militants from Afghanistan attacked several border posts in the country’s restive northwest tribal region, the army said today. After the attacks, Pakistan lodged a protest with Afghanistan and urged the government there to thoroughly investigate the incidents and take firm action against the terrorists operating from its soil to prevent recurrence of such incidents. The attackers targeted border outpost in Mohmand and Khyber tribal region along the border with Afghanistan yesterday.

 

“The terrorists from across the border last night attempted physical attack on three posts in Mohmand,” Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

“Effective presence, vigilance and response repulsed terrorists attempt. In exchange of fire 5 soldiers were killed,” Ghafoor said.

Ten of the attackers were also believed to have been killed, he said.

Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Nafees Zakaria said another soldier was killed in Khyber as the result of firing by terrorists from Afghan territory, prompting Islamabad to launch a strong protest with Afghanistan.

A Pakistani Taliban breakaway faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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Credit: The Financial Express

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