8 troops killed in southwest Pakistan

Attackers shell check post and clash with paramilitary troops tasked with law enforcement in southwestern Balochistan province, officials say

8 troops killed in southwest Pakistan

World Bulletin/News Desk

Eight Pakistani paramilitary troops were killed and four wounded when suspected separatists attacked a security checkpoint in southwestern Balochistan province on Sunday morning, officials said.

Unidentified gunmen raided the post in troubled Khuzdar district located some 150 kilometers off Karachi, the country's commercial capital, district administrator Abdul Waheed Shah told reporters.

Shah said the attackers unleashed gunfire on security personnel, killing eight members of the Levies, a paramilitary force stationed in Balochistan and in charge of law enforcement.

There is no claim of responsibility but authorities suspect involvement by Baloch separatists.

An injured official, Noorullah Mengal, told Anadolu Agency that the attackers arrived in a dozen vehicles, shelling the post from two sides.

"We returned fire, and injured or killed many of [the attackers]. But when we ran out of ammunition, they barged into the post, and opened fire on us,” Mengal said.

Eastern and southern parts of Balochistan, which is the size of Italy and rich in copper, gold, and natural gas, have witnessed insurgency from Baloch separatists over the last six decades.

They think the province had been taken by Pakistan forcibly in 1947 when Pakistan declared independence from India.

 

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