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Saturday 23rd October 2021 / 17 Rabiulawal 1443

Two soldiers martyred in North Waziristan IED blast

One terrorist was killed in exchange of fire. (Source: AFP)

One terrorist was killed in exchange of fire. (Source: AFP)

RAWALPINDI: Two Pakistan Army soldiers embraced martyrdom in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in North Waziristan, the military’s media affairs wing said on Tuesday.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), security forces were conducting a clearance operation in the district’s Dosalli area when the IED exploded. “As a result, 25-year-old Sepoy Zia Akram and 20-year-old Sepoy Musawwar Khan martyred”, it said.

The military’s media wing informed that Akram hailed from Muzaffarabad while Khan was a resident of Bajaur. Pakistan Army troops immediately cordoned off the area to apprehend the terrorists who had planted the IED, the statement said.

During intense exchange of fire, one of the terrorists, who were trying to flee, was killed, it added. “The clearance operation was still ongoing to find and eliminate any other terrorists in the area”, the ISPR added.

There has been an uptick in attacks on security forces in recent months. Last week, four Frontier Corps officials were martyred and 18 others injured in a suicide attack near a checkpost on Quetta’s Mastung Road.

In August, three Levies personnel were martyred and as many injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in Balochistan’s Ziarat district.

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