New attacks are recorded this Friday, November 3, in Pakistan. A bomb explosion killed at least five people in the north of the country. While, in the southwest, the attack by an armed group on a convoy of security forces left 14 dead. The authorities are investigating the facts and carrying out operations to find those responsible. For now, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities suspect the Pakistani Taliban.
Pakistan, shaken again by attacks. Attacks in different areas of the South Asian country have increased since the previous year, with attacks, explosions and attacks by armed groups against members of the security forces being more recurrent.
This Friday, November 3, the authorities recorded two attacks. To the northwest, in Dera Ismail Khan, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border with Afghanistan, a bomb planted on a motorcycle parked near a police vehicle exploded.
The target of the attack, the Police said, were members of said institution. Officer Gul Sher Khan detailed that the attack killed at least five people and injured another 20, including civilians and police.
When a police bus, transporting officers from the town of Takwara, passed near where the motorcycle was parked, the bomb exploded remotely.
The area was filled with rubble, the nearby premises covered in dust and with some damage to their façade. Rescuers, police and residents joined in to help those affected.
Bilal Faizi, part of the rescue team that arrived at the scene, reported that the injured were taken to a nearby hospital, where three of them were in serious condition. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The country’s president, Arif Alvi, “strongly” condemned the explosion in Dera Ismail Khan
صدرمملکت اِنسانی جانوں کےضیاع پر گہرے افسوس کا اظہار
صدر مملکت کی شہداء کیلئے بلندی درجات، زخمیوں کیلئے جلدصحتیابی کی د عا
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— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) November 3, 2023
Another front of attack
In southwestern Pakistan, this Friday, a convoy of security forces was also attacked.
Unidentified gunmen attacked a convoy of security forces near Pasni. At least 14 soldiers died, police officer Ubaid Ullah, from the city of Quetta, capital of the province of Balochistan, where the attack occurred, told EFE.
The number of injuries is still unknown because the incident occurred in a remote area of the country. Authorities explained that a group of “terrorists ambushed” two security forces vehicles traveling from Pasni to Ormara in Gwadar district of Balochistan.
“A cleanup operation is underway in the area and the perpetrators of this heinous act will be hunted down and brought to justice,” the Pakistan Armed Forces said in a statement. In this case, there are no organizations that have claimed responsibility for the attack either.
Uptick in attacks
“The security forces are determined to eliminate the threat of terrorism from the country and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our determination,” added the statement published this Friday.
The Government has intensified its fight against armed groups that have intensified their attacks throughout the country, mainly against law enforcement, but also civilians.
Local media recall that several attacks have occurred recently. Among them, what happened on October 27, in Tirah, district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. That day, security members had an intense exchange of fire with several terrorists. One of them was killed and two others were injured and detained by security forces.
On the same day, an improvised explosive device exploded in the general area of Sarwekai, South Waziristan district, resulting in two soldiers, both aged 23, killed.
Eight days earlier, on October 19, in Semu Wanda, Lakki Marwat district, military personnel recorded another confrontation that ended with a heavy shootout. As a result, four terrorists were killed and another was arrested.
The attacks continue and have increased since 2022. Authorities suspect that responsibility for this Friday’s attacks falls on the Pakistani Taliban, who have intensified attacks since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan.
With AP, EFE and local media
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