Balochistan: Five Pakistan soldiers killed in Turbat ambush, Railway track blown up in Dera Murad Jamali

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 10:36 am

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QUETTA: Five soldiers of Pakistan paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) have been killed and at least six other wounded as Baloch fighters ambushed their convoy on Monday in Shaapuk area in district Kech Balochistan. While the Jaffarabad Express train was slightly damaged when unknown men blew up a six-foot railway track in Dera Murad Jamali.

According to details, a convoy of four vehicles of Pakistan forces was attacked with rocket launchers and other automatic weapons in Shaapuk area of Turbat Balochistan as it slowed down at a bridge.

An eye-witness told Balochwarna News that the Pakistan forces were ambushed from two sides due to which they even had no time to retaliate. ‘Two vehicles sped away leaving behind their other friends in two vehicles. One of the remaining vehicles was destroyed, all people on broad most likely died,’ the source further elaborate.

However, Pakistani media reported that the force’s vehicle overturned as it tried to speed away from the scene of attack due to which five troops died.

The BLF claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement to media BLF spokesperson, Gwahram Baloch said the killed soldiers were SSG Commandos specially assigned for protection of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor).

He said the Baloch nation has rejected this exploitative project because hundreds of thousands of non-Baloch will be brought and settled in Balochistan under this project. ‘It is a conspiracy to turn the Baloch people into a minority in Balochistan.’

He warned Pakistan, China and other investors not to invest in any projects against the will of Baloch people otherwise they will be responsible for any harmed cause to them.

In another incident, unknown men targeted the Quetta-Lahore bound Jaffarabad Express train in Jatt Mahallah area of Dera Murad Jamali on Monday.

The remote-controlled explosion damaged a six-foot portion of the rail line and also partially damaged the train.

No casualties have been reported in this incident.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Baloch Republican Army, Sarbaz Baloch, accepted the responsibility for the attack.

He also urged Baloch people to avoid travelling on trains because, he said, ‘we will target Pakistani installations.’

He said such attacks will continue until freedom of Balochistan.

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