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Security on high alert countrywide after Balochistan attacks

Security forces decimate 13 terrorists in Panjgur, Noshki areas

Security is on high alert in all four provinces after two separate terrorist attacks took place in Balochistan this week.

According to media reports, after the attacks on security forces’ camps in Panjgur and Noshki, the Federal Interior Ministry has issued an alert, ordering security personnel to be extra vigilant in the four provinces and Azad Kashmir.

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Meanwhile, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday that intelligence agencies had intercepted communication between the Balochistan attack terrorists and their handlers in Afghanistan and India.

In the statement, the military media wing also said that security forces had neutralised 13 terrorists in Panjgur and Noskhi areas of Balochistan.

“After successfully repulsing terrorist attacks at Panjgur and Naushki yesterday night, security forces carried out clearance operation to hunt down terrorists hiding in the area,” the statement read.

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Security forces killed five more terrorists in Noshki, bringing the total to nine, the ISPR said. Four soldiers, including an officer, were martyred while repelling the attack.

According to the statement, four terrorists were killed and four to five were “encircled by security forces” in Panjgur, adding that the operation to annihilate fleeing terrorists “is continuing”.

“As per initial investigation, intelligence agencies have intercepted communications between terrorists and their handlers in Afghanistan and India,” the statement said.

Separately, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Langove in a press conference said that numerous threats were issued this month, including from “Daesh and so-called nationalists”. He added that several groups had claimed the attack as their orchestration. Langove said that a meeting was called of “all departments, including intelligence agencies, after which things will become clearer”.

The minister also lamented that “some people” brainwashed Pakistan’s youth and they resorted to terrorism. He added that sometimes the terrorists had backing from Afghanistan, while highlighting that Iran also bordered Pakistan. He said that the border management committee on Pakistan’s side had relayed their concerns to Iran, which had given a positive response in return.

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