SANGAN: Five FC soldiers were martyred when terrorists targeted a Frontier Corps patrolling party in Sangan area of District Sibi.
According to a statement released by the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday, the FC Balochistan patrolling party was ambushed when it was passing through Sangan.
During the exchange of fire between the FC soldiers and the terrorists, heavy losses were inflicted on the terrorists in men and materials. As a result of the intense gunbattle, five brave soldiers of FC Balochistan also embraced Shahadat (martyred).
The Shuhada were identified as Havaldar Zafar Ali Khan resident of Lakki Marwat, Lance Naik Hidayatullah resident of Lakki Marwat, Lance Naik Nasir Abbas resident of Bhakkar, Lance Naik Basheer Ahmed resident of Naseerabad and Sepoy Noor Ullah resident of Lakki Marwat.
A sanitization/search operation was also in progress to block the escape routes of the terrorists and apprehend the perpetrators.
The ISPR statement said such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by hostile intelligence agencies cannot sabotage the hard-earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan. Security forces are determined to neutralize their nefarious designs even at the cost of their blood and lives, the statement said.
The attack came two days after a car bomb killed three people in Lahore on Wednesday in an attack officials believe targeted police and security forces.
Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan strongly condemned the attack on security forces in Sangan area of Sibi district.
In a statement, he also expressed deep sorrow over the martyrdom of Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in the terrorist attack.
He paid rich tribute to the great sacrifice of the martyrs of FC personnel and saluted the eternal sacrifices of the security martyrs, saying sacrifices of security forces would not be wasted. He said that the nation is united for the complete eradication of the scourge of terrorism.
Jam Kamal Khan further said that no one would be allowed to disrupt the peace of the province at any cost, adding some anti-state elements wanted to destabilize peace in the province through sabotage activities with the aim to halt the development of the projects in the area.
He said the nefarious design of terrorists would be eliminated from the country and the province under the contribution of people and our brave security forces.
Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families of the martyrs.