Two personnel of Pakistan Army were martyred and four others injured in a landmine blast when they were busy in relief efforts in the quake-hit area of Mashkay of Awaran district in Balochistan on Wednesday.
According to security sources, an army convoy was heading to Mangori area from Mashkey tehsil of Balochistan when it was targeted through a landmine planted by unknown culprits along the road, went off, killing two soldiers.
According to reports, a security forces' vehicle struck a landmine in Mashkay area of Awaran while carrying out relief activities. The victims were shifted to Awaran District Hospital.
Army and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the site of blast and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.
Chief Minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the Mashkay blast.
Hundreds of Pak Army soldiers are taking part in relief and rescue operation in Awaran and Gwadar districts where over 400 people have been killed and thousands are homeless.
Army troops and government relief teams have come under several attacks by local insurgent groups since a powerful earthquake hit in Balochistan on September 24.
No group or person accepted responsiblity for the blast till the filing of this report.
Mashkay is the worst affected area of the Awaran district following a 7.7-magnitude earthquake which hit Balochistan on September 24.
According to CM Baloch, Awaran has had no government for the past decade, which has led to miscreants trying their best to compromise relief efforts in the area.
Earlier on September 30, a convoy of the chief minister had also come under rocket attack in Awaran as he was on his way to a camp office set up to carry out relief efforts.
CM Baloch admitted that there were difficulties in carrying out relief activities in the quake-hit areas of the province.
Awaran is considered one of the most sensitive and troubled districts of Balochistan and is also the hometown of Baloch guerrila commander, Dr Allah Nazar Baloch and Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch has already made an appeal to Dr Allah Nazar to cooperate with aid agencies in order to provide support to earthquake survivors.