Friday, October 27, 2023

Pakistan Army: 4 Soldiers Killed by ‘Terrorists’ from Iran


Four Pakistani Border Patrol Soldiers Killed in Attack by Iranian Terrorists

On Saturday, Pakistan’s army reported that four of its border patrol soldiers were killed in an attack by Iranian terrorists. The incident occurred in Kech district, which is located in the southwestern Baluchistan province. This region shares a long, lawless border with Afghanistan and Iran. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The military’s media wing, ISPR, released a statement regarding the incident. It stated that “a group of terrorists operating from the Iranian side attacked a routine border patrol of Pakistani security forces operating along the Pakistan-Iran border.” The statement also noted that necessary contact with the Iranian side is being made to take effective action against the terrorists and to prevent future incidents.

Pakistan and Iran share over 900km (45 miles) of border, and there have been several security incidents in the past. Rebel Baluch nationalist groups in the area claim that they are fighting for a greater share of regional resources. These groups operate on both sides of the border.

This recent attack highlights the ongoing security challenges faced by Pakistan in its border regions. The country has been struggling to contain violence and terrorism in these areas for years. The Baluchistan province, in particular, has been a hotbed of unrest and violence.

The Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) is one of the most active Baluch nationalist groups operating in the region. The group has carried out numerous attacks on security forces and other targets in recent years. It seeks greater autonomy and control over the province’s resources.

Pakistan has accused India of supporting the BLA and other Baluch nationalist groups. India denies these allegations and has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist groups operating in India, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India have further complicated the security situation in the region. Both countries have accused each other of supporting terrorist groups and engaging in cross-border attacks.

In January of this year, at least 13 people were wounded in an explosion on a passenger train in Baluchistan’s Bolan district. The attack was claimed by the Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), a coalition of Baluch nationalist groups that includes the BLA.

The attack on the border patrol soldiers is a reminder of the ongoing security challenges faced by Pakistan in its border regions. The country will need to continue to work with its neighbors, including Iran and Afghanistan, to address these challenges and prevent future incidents. It will also need to address the underlying grievances of Baluch nationalist groups and work towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Baluchistan.

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