Five soldiers killed in militant attack along Pak-Afghan border: ISPR

Five soldiers were killed in Mohmand Agency while foiling a terrorism bid on three border checkpoints on Saturday night, according to Inter Services Public Relations. The soldiers of Pakistan Army promptly responded with full force and foiled the terrorist attack, the ISPR said.

"Effective presence, vigilance and response repulsed terrorists attempt", it added.

The slain soldiers were identified as Naik Sanaullah, Naik Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Mohammad and Sepoy Anwar.

The army chief emphasised the need for physical presence of troops on Afghan side of the border for "matching [the Pakistani side] and effective border security".

He also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and praised the sacrifices of the soldiers for their homeland.

Ten of the attackers were also believed to have been killed, the statement said.

He said the terrorists are a common enemy and coordinated efforts are required to check free movement of terrorists on the border.

No group has claimed responsibility.

The terrorist tried to enter the office of the area's political agent, however he detonated himself when security forces obstructed and tried to apprehend him. Pakistan often accuses Afghanistan-based terrorists for the attacks in the country.

Mohmand is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.

  • Leroy Wright