Two soldiers martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

The terrorists from across the Pak-Afghan border opened fire on a military post in Dwatoi, North Waziristan.

PESHAWAR: Two soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in a cross-border attack by Afghan militants, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The terrorists from across the Pak-Afghan border opened fire on a military post in Dwatoi, North Waziristan, military’s press wing said, adding that the troops responded in a befitting manner.

During the exchange of fire with the terrorists, two soldiers, identified as Havaldar Saleem, 43, and Lance Naik Pervaiz, 35, embraced martyrdom.

“Pakistan has consistently been asking Afghanistan to ensure effective border control on their side,” it said. “Pakistan strongly condemns the continuous use of Afghan soil for terrorist activities against Pakistan.”

Earlier, a soldier of the Frontier Corps was martyred during an attack by militants near Shapak in district Hoshab of Balochistan. According to ISPR, sepoy Kifaitullah, a resident of Sibi, embraced martyrdom when militants attacked a water bowser through a pressurised IED.

“Such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by hostile intelligence agencies (HIAs) cannot sabotage the hard-earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan,” stated the ISPR. “Security forces are determined to neutralise their nefarious designs even at the cost of blood and lives,” it added.

Last week, five personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) were martyred during patrolling in a terrorist attack in Sangan area of Sibi district in Balochistan.

“During the exchange of fire heavy losses were inflicted on to the terrorists in men and materials,” it said the military’s media wing said in a statement. It added that five brave soldiers of the Frontier Corps embraced martyrdom in the incident.

The ISPR said such “cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by Hostile Intelligence Agencies cannot sabotage the hard-earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan,” it said. It added security forces are determined to neutralise their nefarious designs even at the cost of blood and lives.

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