Seven Frontier Corps soldiers were martyred on late Monday night in two separate incidents in Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations confirmed on Tuesday.
According to the military’s media wing, six soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer, were martyred when the FC patrolling team’s reconnaissance vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device when it was returning to a base camp in Pir Ghaib, Mach in Balochistan.
A civilian driver also embraced martyrdom in the attack.
The soldiers martyred in the IED blast were identified as Naib Subedar Ihsan Ullah Khan, Naik Zubair Khan, Naik Ijaz Ahmed, Naik Maula Bux, Naik Noor Muhammad. The driver was identified as Abdul Jabbar.
In another incident, Sepoy Imdad Ali was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists near Mand, in Balochistan’s Kech district, the ISPR stated.
PML-N party chief and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif has “strongly condemned” the terror attack and expressed sadness over the martyrdom of the soldiers.
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also condemned the terrorist bomb blasts in Balochistan in which seven security personnel embraced martyrdom. In a statement on Tuesday, the PPP Chairman expressed solidarity with the families of the martyred soldiers and prayed for them adding that those who sacrifice their lives for motherland are our heroes.
Earlier, on May 8, six security forces personnel, including one officer, were martyred when an IED struck their reconnaissance vehicle near the Pakistan-Iran border.
The military’s media wing said that the incident took place in Kech district’s Buleda area in Balochistan, which is about 14 kilometres away from the Iran border. Security forces were on routine patrolling to check possible routes used by terrorists in the mountainous and extremely treacherous terrain of Mekran, the statement added.