4 security forces were killed in an attack in Balochistan..and the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility

Officials reported that four security officers were killed in an exchange of fire in the southwestern province of Balochistan PakistanToday, Sunday, in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

About 12 armed men attacked policemen and paramilitary Border Police officers at a highway checkpoint in Jube district, which led to a two-hour gunbattle.

In turn, the district commissioner, Saeed Amrani, told “Agence France Presse” that “four security officials, including three policemen and a border guard officer, were killed in the attack. One of the suspected attackers was also killed, but has not yet been identified.”

Officials said three others were injured.

The Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, stating that the attacker was shot dead by police.

Attacks escalate

It is noteworthy that the attacks, which mostly target the security forces, have escalated since the Afghan Taliban took control of Kabul in 2021 and the months-old ceasefire between the movement and Islamabad ended in November last year.

The attacks were regular in the areas bordering Afghanistan and Islamabad claims that some of them are being planned on Afghan soil.

Four policemen were killed in Kuchlak, Balochistan, in April in a gun battle with gunmen identified by the police as belonging to the Pakistani Taliban.

In January, a suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban blew himself up at a mosque inside a police compound in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing more than 80 officers.

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