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Iran Press TV

Taliban kill 4 paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan

Iran Press TV

Wed Feb 14, 2018 03:11PM

Four paramilitary soldiers have been killed when Taliban militants opened fire on a patrol in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, police say.

Senior Superintendent of Police for Quetta, Naseebullah Khan, said the Frontier Corps troopers were patrolling in the residential neighborhood of Langoabad when they came under fire in an ambush by militants riding on motorcycles on Wednesday.

"The four men were shot in the head," Khan said, noting that handguns were used in the assault.

The outlawed militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack is the second claimed by the militant group this month.

On February 3, at least 11 soldiers, including an army officer, lost their lives and 13 others sustained injuries when an assailant detonated his explosive vest in the northern district of Swat. Back then, Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, threatening that Islamabad should "wait for more (attacks)."

Despite frequent offensives by the Pakistani army, acts of terror by militants continue to target security forces as well as civilians.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered into an alliance with the United States in Washington's so-called war on terror.

Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping the country.

Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, has seen several bombings and shooting attacks in recent years.

Balochistan has long been plagued by an insurgency by nationalist and separatist groups who seek to secure bigger shares in regional resources. The resulted chaos, coupled by lack of security, has made room for the activities of criminal gangs, human smugglers and terror outfits linked to the Taliban and al-Qaeda militant groups.

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