15 FC men, 7 militants killed in Bolan gun battle


At least 15 soldiers of the Frontier Corps Balochistan were killed and 12 others left injured in a fierce gun battle between security forces and Baloch militants in Bolan district, the FC said on Wednesday. Seven attackers were also reported to have been killed in the clash, however, no official source or militant group confirmed the toll. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack later at night, however, the FC had held Baloch self-exiled leader Nawabzada Hairbyar Marri responsible. According to reports, the Baloch militants were estimated to be over three dozen in number and attacked checkposts in the coalmine fields of Margut area of Bolan on Tuesday afternoon using light and heavy weapons. The paramilitary forces returned fire that led both parties into a gun battle which lasted several hours in the difficult mountainous region.
Due to darkness and difficult terrain, reinforcements could not reach the battle site on Tuesday. However on Wednesday morning, reinforcements and choppers were sent to the Margut area to collect the dead and injured. All dead bodies and injured were moved through a helicopter to Quetta. The injured were admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for treatment while the bodies were sent to their ancestral villages for burial. Some sources reported that the FC Balochistan personnel on Tuesday came across seven bodies of civilians during a search operation, believed to be those of the attackers. However, official sources as well as FC spokesman did not confirm.


  1. The use of improvised explosives in Baluchistan is a serious issue, which has resulted in countless loss of innocent lives.

  2. I agree the government must put an end to the manufacturing of improvised explosive devises which is killing hundreds of innocent people.

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