South Asia

Pakistan army says ‘terrorists’ from Iran killed four border soldiers

Pakistan’s army said on Saturday that four of its border patrol soldiers were killed by terrorists operating in Iran.

According to a statement issued by Pakistan’s army, “a group of terrorists operating from Iranian side attacked a routine border patrol of Pakistani security forces operating along Pakistan-Iran Border.”

The incident took place on Saturday in Kech district in southwestern Baluchistan province, which shares a long border with Afghanistan and Iran.

“In the attack, unfortunately 4 x soldiers including Naik Shair Ahmed, Lance Naik Muhammad Asghar, Sepoy Muhammad Irfan and Sepoy Abdur Rasheed were critically injured and later embraced shahadat,” the statement read.

The army also stated that “necessary contact with Iranian side is being made for effective action against terrorists on the Iranian side and to prevent such incidents in future.”

No group has claimed responsibility.

Insurgent ethnic Baluch nationalist groups in the area say they are fighting for a greater share of regional resources. The Baluch groups operate on both sides of the border.