Forces hunt down 8 terrorists in Kech

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Attempt to ambush convoy in foiled

News Desk

RAWALPINDI: The military’s media affairs wing said on Thursday that it had foiled an attempt to ambush a convoy of security forces in Balochistan’sKech district, adding that eight militants were killed in the follow-up operation.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), terrorists attempted to ambush a convoy of security forces on February 22 in the evening. The statement said “alert and combat ready troops foiled the cowardly attempt without any loss of life” and also commenced a follow-up operation to hunt down the terrorists using “ground and aviation assets”.

“Resultantly, on the morning of Feb 23 (today), a suspected hideout of terrorists was identified in Mazaaband Range where a sanitisation operation was launched,” the ISPR said.

The statement said that eight terrorists were killed in a “heavy exchange of fire” while a large cache of arms and ammunition, including explosives, was also recovered.

“Security forces of Pakistan will continue to thwart any attempt by inimical elements, on [the] behest of hostile intelligence agencies, to disrupt hard-earned peace in the province,” the ISPR said.

The development comes amid a surge in terrorist activities in the country, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, since the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ended its ceasefire with the government in November.

On February 10, two Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Balochsitan’sKohlu area.