QUETTA - At least nine people, four Frontier Corps personnel and five attackers, were killed in an exchange of fire in Prom area, some 100 kilometers away from Panjgur, a bordering district near Iran, on Saturday.
Spokesperson for Frontier Corps confirmed four security personnel were killed and another wounded when unidentified militants attacked an FC convoy patrolling the area. Five militants were killed when the security personnel repulsed the attack, added the official. The spokesperson further said a huge quantity of arms was recovered from the militants.
Banned outfit Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack on the FC?personnel. Their spokesperson Sarbaaz Baloch refuted FC’s claim that five of their men were killed.
According to a senior police official, four security personnel were killed and two others wounded. Mustaq Ahmed added the Frontier Corps claimed they killed five militants after tracing them.
He further said Frontier Corps did not hand over militants’ bodies to district administration and launched a search operation in Prom area instead in which administration officials were not allowed to take part.
The security men also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the militants’ possession. The injured FC persons were shifted to the Panjgur District Hospital.
Panjgur is considered one of the most sensitive districts of Balochistan. Militants have been attacking security forces and national installations in the area for more than seven years.