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Several Pakistan Army personnel killed in massive bomb attack on convoy in Dera Bugti

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 23 February 2019, 10:39 PM
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At least six Pakistan Army personnel were killed as a massive explosion rigged through an army convoy in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan on Saturday. According to reports, Baloch fighters have claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, the Baloch Republican Army spokesperson Sarbaz Baloch called media outlets from an unknown location and claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to a report, six dead bodies and two critically injured troops were brought to a hospital. The injured personnel were later shifted to Rahim Yar Khan city of Punjab for further treatment.

Sarbaz Baloch said that six troops were killed while a vehicle was completely destroyed in a remote-controlled IED blast. He vowed to continue targeting Pakistani forces until the establishment of a free and sovereign Baloch state.

In a similar incident on February 17, nine soldiers were killed and 11 were injured in a suicide attack on a Pakistan Army convoy in Quetta, Balochistan province of Pakistan. The incident came just a few days after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. According to a report, the Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS) had claimed responsibility for the attack between Turbat and Panjgur, on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route.

The attack had occurred hours before Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Pakistan. The Saudi Prince reached Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day visit.

The report quoted Baloch Khan, the spokesperson for BRAS, as saying that their fighters had attacked the Pakistani security forces patrolling team and a camp at the same time on Sunday morning on CPEC route between Panjgur and Turbat city.

On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar rammed his explosive-laden vehicle in the bus carrying CRPF jawans on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 paramilitary personnel to Kashmir from Jammu. Most of them were joining duty after coming back from leave.  

First Published: Saturday, February 23, 2019 09:48 PM
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