• Seven OGDCL guards were among the victims
• TTP, Baloch militants claimed responsibility for the attack
QUETTA / GWADAR / NORTH WAZIRISTAN: Twenty security personnel, including six Army personnel, were killed in two terrorist attacks in Balochistan’s Ormara area and the North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday and Wednesday night.
Fourteen security officers – seven Border Corps personnel and many civilian guards employed by OGDCL – were killed in an armed attack on their convoy on the Coastal Highway in the Ormara area of Gwadar district on Thursday.
Six soldiers, including a Pakistan Army captain, were killed and one injured when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hit their vehicle in the tribal district of North Waziristan on Wednesday night.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a meeting took place between security forces and a large number of terrorists on the Pesisir Highway near Ormara during a convoy of Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL) staff. being escorted from Gwadar to Karachi.
The security forces responded effectively, ensuring the safety of OGDCL staff, and arranging a safe exit from the area.
During the clashes, the terrorists also suffered heavy losses, the ISPR said. As a result of this meeting, seven brave FC Balochistan soldiers and many security guards sacrificed their lives and embraced martyrdom.
The martyred FC personnel were identified as Subedar Abid Hussain, Layyah resident, Naik Muhammad Anwar from Sibi, Lance Naik Iftikhar Ahmed (Dera Ghazi Khan), Sepoy Muhammad Naveed (Chakwal), Lance Naik Abdul Latif (Pishin), Sepoy Muhammad Waris (Mianwali ) and Sepoy Imran Khan (Lakki Marwat); and security guards Havaldar (retired) Samandar Khan and Muhammad Fawad Ullah (Lakki Marwat) Atta Ullah (Dera Ismail Khan), Waris Khan (Tank), Abdul Nafay and Shakir Ullah (Kohat) and Abid Hussain (Bannu) Security forces closed the area and a search for terrorists is underway
ISPR says that cowardly actions by opposing elements to sabotage peace, stability and economic development in Balochistan will never succeed. Moreover, this action cannot subdue the determination of the armed forces who are determined to defend the homeland, even at the cost of their lives.
Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS), a banned militant organization, claimed responsibility for the attack in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack on the OGDCL convoy and asked for a report on the incident. He sympathized with the families of the martyrs, praised the services of the martyrs and prayed for the souls who had died.
Balochistan’s Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and Interior Minister Zia Langove also condemned the attack, calling it a cowardly terrorist act.
Jam Kamal in a statement expressed grief and sorrow at the loss of human life and paid high respect to the security personnel who were martyred in the attack.
“The malicious designs of anti-state elements will not work and elements involved in the attack will be brought to justice immediately,” he said.
N. Waziristan’s attack
ISPR on Thursday confirmed the death of six security personnel, including an Army captain, and the injuries of one person in Wednesday’s North Waziristan attack.
The military media wing said in a brief statement that a convoy of security forces was attacked with homemade explosives near Razmak which resulted in the martyrdom of a captain and five soldiers.
The martyrs were identified as Captain Umar Farooq, Naib Subedar Riaz Ahmed, Naib Subedar Shakeel Azad, Havaldar Younas Khan, Naik Mohammad Nadeem and Lance Naik Asmat Ullah.
The barred Pakistani Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said in a brief statement that members of his group carried out the attack in the Shaktoi area.
The various militant groups announced their merger in August and vowed to launch attacks on security forces under the umbrella of the TTP.
Sources said that a convoy of security forces consisting of two vehicles was attacked in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan which borders North Waziristan. The incident occurred at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. They said that the convoy was going from Shaktoi to Ladha area in South Waziristan.
The body and a wounded soldier were taken to the garrison in Bannu district by helicopter.
The bodies of Havaldar Younas and Lance Naik Asmat Ullah were then moved to their hometown in Lakki Marwat district.
The incident came four days after two soldiers were killed and three others injured in an attack on a security post in the Shawal valley near the Afghan border.
Violence has increased in compound tribal districts, particularly in North Waziristan and South Waziristan.
The spike in violence has resulted in several officers, soldiers and civilians being martyred.
Published in Dawn, October 16, 2020