Islamabad (DPA) – Six soldiers are dead after Taliban
militants stormed a paramilitary checkpoint in the south-western
Pakistani province of Balochistan, officials said on Wednesday.
Armed with assault rifles and grenades, the militants attacked the
checkpoint in the far-flung Loralai area overnight Tuesday, police
official Naseem Shah told dpa.
All six paramilitary soldiers manning the post were killed, Shah
A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the
attack, saying it was to avenge the death of militants who were
killed at the same checkpoint some time ago.
“This is our reminder to all our enemies that we will take revenge of
our people,” Taliban spokesman Mohamed Khorasani said in a message to
Loralai is part of Balochistan, where China has built a deep seas
port as part of its 62-billion-dollar project to establish an
overland and sea trade route through Pakistan to reach Middle
Eastern, European and African markets in future.
The violence has declined in Pakistan since the security forces
launched a series of offensives against Islamist militants in 2014,
but parts of Balochistan still remain volatile.