According to officials, a tragic incident occurred in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Sunday, where four security officers lost their lives in a shootout. The Pakistan Taliban has claimed responsibility for this attack.
A group of around twelve armed individuals launched an attack on police officers and paramilitary Frontier Constabulary officers at a checkpoint on a highway in Zhob district. This led to a two-hour long exchange of gunfire.
In the attack, four security officials lost their lives. This included three policemen and one Frontier Corps officer. According to Zhob’s commissioner, Saeed Umrani, one of the suspected attackers has been killed but their identity has not been determined yet.
Officials said that three additional individuals were injured.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. They identified the attacker who was shot dead by the police.
The TTP is not directly connected to Afghanistan’s Taliban, but they do have a similar ideology.
Since the Afghan Taliban took control in Kabul in 2021 and the ceasefire between the TTP and Islamabad ended in November last year, there has been an increase in attacks, with security forces being the main target.
There have been frequent attacks in areas near Afghanistan, and Islamabad claims that some of these attacks are being planned on Afghan territory.
In April, there was a gunbattle in Kuchlak, Balochistan, where unfortunately four policemen lost their lives. The police identified the militants involved in the incident as members of the Pakistan Taliban.
In January, there was a tragic incident in Peshawar, a city in northwest Pakistan. A suicide bomber, who was connected to the TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan), detonated himself inside a mosque located within a police compound. This devastating act resulted in the loss of over 80 police officers’ lives.