Militants ambushed a convoy of oil and gasoline staff escorted by paramilitary troops in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, killing 14 individuals, together with 7 troopers. The assault was carried out on Thursday on the state-run Oil & Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) staff in Ormara city in Gwadar district.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Army, confirmed that the militants had additionally sustained heavy losses within the alternate of fireplace and 7 Frontier Corps (FC) troopers and 7 non-public safety guards had been killed within the assault.
“The terrorists attacked the convoy from the mountains near Ormara on the Balochistan-Hub-Karachi coastal highway and heavy exchange of fire took place. The convoy was returning to Karachi from Gwadar,” a top police official in Gwadar said.
He said it was a planned attack and the militants had prior information about the convoy going to Karachi.
“They had been ready for the convoy. Despite the FC and safety guards dropping their lives, the opposite FC personnel managed to securely get the convoy away from the spot close to Oramara,” the official mentioned.
Gwadar port is the focus of the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) improvement tasks and a lot of officers of the state-owned establishments and foreigners work on the port metropolis below heavy safety cowl.
The ISPR, with out giving the precise numbers, mentioned a “large” variety of terrorists had attacked the convoy.
“Security forces responded effectively, ensured security of the OGDCL persons and managed their safe exit from the area,” it mentioned in a press release, including that “substantial losses were also incurred to the terrorists” throughout the alternate of fireplace.
According to the ISPR, the safety forces have cordoned off your entire space and a search was underway for the militants concerned within the assault.
No banned separatist or terrorist outfit or group has claimed duty for the assault.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the assault and sought a report into the incident, the Radio Pakistan mentioned.
The premier expressed grief with the households over the demise of personnel of safety companies.
Separatist and terror outfits working within the restive province of Baluchistan often perform assaults on safety installations and safety personnel.
On Wednesday, a minimum of 10 individuals – seven labourers and three youngsters – had been injured when suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade at labourers working at an below building bridge within the Samungli space on the outskirts of the capital metropolis, Quetta.