The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that two terrorists were killed and a similar number of soldiers were slain in a terrorist attack on a Frontier Constabulary (FC) camp on Friday in Balochistan’s Muslim Bagh town.
A “group of terrorists attacked an FC camp in the Muslim Bagh area in northern Balochistan,” according to an ISPR press statement.
“Two soldiers have accepted shahadat (martyrdom) during the clearance operation, and three more have sustained injuries,” it continued.
The security forces have so far executed two terrorists and are still applying pressure on the remaining militants.
In addition to a significant exchange of gunfire, the statement stated that a security force operation was “underway to capture the terrorists who have been cornered into a building complex.”
The ISPR added, “Commander 12 Corps is supervising the security forces operations being conducted at Muslim Bagh area in Balochistan where terrorists have been cornered.”
Surge in terrorism
The TTP has increased its attacks, focusing notably on the police in KP and areas bordering Afghanistan, since the discussions with the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fell down in November of last year.
At a debate earlier this month, experts expressed concern that the TTP was forming ties with Baloch separatists and local militant groups located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. They predicted that this development would worsen the nation’s already dangerous security situation.
On April 1, a terrorist strike in the Jalgai sector of Balochistan’s Kech district claimed the lives of four troops who were stationed along the Pakistan-Iran border.
Security forces carried out intelligence-based operations (IBO) in North and South Waziristan on March 10 and managed to kill five militants. Security personnel killed six terrorists on March 8 in an IBO in the Datta Khel region of North Waziristan.
A think tank in Islamabad called the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies recently released statistics showing that January 2023 was one of the deadliest months since July 2018 with 134 fatalities (a 139% increase) and 254 injuries from at least 44 militant attacks across the nation.