BLA killed seven security personnel in Balochistan's Harnai district

BLA killed seven security personnel in Balochistan's Harnai district

A banned militant group, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) on Sunday killed at least seven security personnel in Harnai district of Balochistan.

According to the statement released by the military's media wing said that a group of militants attacked a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpoint early Sunday, which is located in Shahrag area of Harnai.

"During an intense exchange of fire, seven soldiers embraced shahadat while repulsing raiding terrorists," an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

It said the area had been cordoned off and escape routes blocked to apprehend the fleeing miscreants while a large-scale search and clearance operation was in progress in the area.

Earlier in October, 14 security men — seven personnel of the Frontier Corps and as many civilian guards employed by the OGDCL — were martyred in an armed attack on their convoy on the Coastal Highway in the Ormara area of Gwadar district.

Security analysts believe that the authorities should issue a final warning to the militants to stop their activities against the state and in case of failure, a planned operation is important in the areas of Panjgur, Mastung, Kohlu, Khuzdar, Kharan, Kech, Dera Bugti, Barkhan, Harnai, Awaran and Nushki.

The resource-rich province of Balochistan is home to some of Pakistan's largest coal and natural gas reserves, including some being backed by China.

However, Balochistan has largely remained undeveloped, and several armed groups have waged a decades-old insurgency in the region that has targeted the military as well as coal and gas projects backed by foreign investors.

Islamabad has said the insurgency is backed by rival India, and is part of an attempt to thwart foreign investment in the country. "Our nation stands with our courageous soldiers who face attacks from Indian-backed terrorists," Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote on Twitter after the attack.