Five more soldiers killed in Zhob garrison attack, death toll rises to nine

Pakistani army soldiers are seen patrolling an area.  - AFP/File
Pakistani army soldiers are seen patrolling an area. – AFP/File
  • ISPR says five terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire.
  • The security forces resolved to ensure peace across the country.
  • Evacuation operations have been completed in Zhob Cantt.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that with five more soldiers injured, the number of army personnel who were martyred has risen to nine as terrorists launched a “cowardly attack” on the Zhob garrison of the Pakistan Army in northern Balochistan. did. statement on Wednesday.

Earlier today the army’s media victory said that four soldiers were martyred and five were seriously injured in the attack by terrorists.

In the early hours of Wednesday, a group of terrorists launched a cowardly attack on the garrison, the ISPR said, adding that the initial attempt to sneak into the facility was “checked by troops on duty”.

Upon interception, a heavy exchange of fire took place between the terrorists and the troops, in which the terrorists were “confined to a small area along the border”.

“The security forces are committed to thwart all such sinister attempts to destroy the peace of Balochistan and Pakistan,” the ISPR said.

Later tonight, the army’s media wing announced that the clean-up operation in Zhob Cantt was complete, adding that five terrorists had been killed during the operation.

“However, fighting valiantly five soldiers were already seriously injured and succumbed to their injuries and embraced martyrdom [martyrdom] In this way, this figure became a total of 9 martyrs.

The ISPR said that the security forces and the nation are resilient and determined to thwart all such cowardly attempts by the enemy aimed at destroying the peace of Balochistan and Pakistan.

A statistical report released by independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) revealed that terrorist activities in the country have increased by 79% during the first half of 2023.

The report warned that there were at least 271 terrorist attacks during the past six months, in which 389 people lost their lives and 656 were injured.

The situation in the same time frame last year was much better than the current one, as the first half of 2022 saw 151 attacks and 293 deaths and 487 injuries.

These figures show an astonishing 79% increase in terrorist attacks during the first half of this year as compared to the same period last year.

In addition, 228 attacks were recorded in the second half of 2022, resulting in 246 deaths and 349 injuries. Thus, the first six months of 2023 saw an 18% increase in attacks compared to the latter half of 2022, along with a 58% increase in deaths and an 88% increase in injuries.

Pakistani security forces have also stepped up their response against terrorism and have killed at least 236 terrorists across the country during the first six months of 2023, while arresting 295 suspected terrorists.

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