Captain, sepoy martyred in terrorist attack

Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Two security forces personnel embraced martyrdom as terrorists attacked a patrolling team near the South and North Waziristan boundary on Sunday.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), terrorists fired at the security forces’ patrolling party five kilometres south east of Ghariom, near the North Waziristan district and South Waziristan district boundary.
The two soldiers were martyred in exchange of fire, whereas two other soldiers sustained injuries. A terrorist was also killed in the encounter, the ISPR stated.
The deceased personnel were identified as Captain Muhammad Sabih Abrar and Sepoy Naveed Akhtar.
The security forces later conducted an operation and cleared a terrorist compound.
The latest attack came as authorities prepared to reopen a key border crossing with neighbouring Afghanistan to allow trade. Trucks carrying fruits, vegetables and other items will start crossing the Ghulam Khan border in North Waziristan district on Monday.
Last month, two soldiers were martyred in a rocket attack on a security checkpoint in North Waziristan tribal district.
The rocket, fired from an unknown direction, slammed into the checkpoint in Edek village, near Mirali town, around midnight.
In April, 10 security personnel were martyred in attacks by militants in North Waziristan district while six suffered injuries.
On May 19, seven paramilitary troops were martyred in two separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan which took place more than a week after a similar deadly attack on security forces near the Pak-Iran border.
The two deadly attacks on the Frontier Corps (FC) in less than two weeks broke a relatively long lull in terrorist violence in Balochistan, where hostile agencies have been bankrolling and aiding terrorist groups to create instability.
“Six soldiers – including a JCO – were martyred when the FC patrolling team’s reconnaissance vehicle was struck by an IED when it was returning to a base camp in Pir Ghaib, Mach in Balochistan,” the ISPR said in a statement.