In this file photo, Pakistani paramilitary soldiers cordoned off the site of an attack by gunmen on soldiers in Quetta, Balochistan, on June 29, 2016. — AFP
In this file photo, Pakistani paramilitary soldiers cordoned off the site of an attack by gunmen on soldiers in Quetta, Balochistan, on June 29, 2016. — AFP
  • Terrorists attacked naval base on night of March 25 and 26.
  • Sepoy Noman Fareed embraced martyrdom during fight.
  • Security forces “immediately mobilised” to support naval troops.

RAWALPINDI: Security forces successfully thwarted an attack attempted by terrorists on PNS Siddique — a naval base in Balochistan’s Turbat city, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The attack, which took place on the night of March 25 and 26, was foiled following the swift and effective response by the troops ensuring the safety and security of personnel and assets, the military’s media wing added.

Synergetic and effective response by the armed forces enabled the killing of all four terrorists in the ensuing joint clearance operation, the statement read.

A blurred image of one of the killed terrorists. — ISPR
A blurred image of one of the killed terrorists. — ISPR

“Security forces in the vicinity were immediately mobilised to support the naval troops,” it added.

In the wake of the attack, a 24-year-old Frontier Corps trooper, Sepoy Noman Fareed, embraced martyrdom after gallantly fighting the terrorists. The martyred soldier was a resident of Muzaffargarh and was serving in Frontier Corps Balochistan.

“Sanitisation operation is being conducted to eliminate any other terrorist found in the area,” the statement read, adding that Pakistan’s armed forces remain “committed to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country at all costs”.

The attack comes almost a week after a group of gunmen stormed the Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) colony with security forces acting swiftly and foiling the fierce attack.

Own troops, the ISPR said, employed for security responded immediately and effectively engaged the terrorists, and in ensuing fire exchange, all eight terrorists were sent to hell.

A large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives was also recovered from the killed terrorists, it added.

PM Shehbaz appreciates security forces

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has appreciated the security forces for thwarting a terrorist attack.

Due to a prompt and effective response by the security forces, terrorists were sent to hell, thus saving the country from a big damage, PM Office Media Wing quoted the prime minister in a press release.

PM Shehbaz also maintained his resolve to crush the specter of terrorism.

“The entire nation was standing with their brave security forces and paid tribute to them,” the statement added.

Four terrorists gunned down in DI Khan

Meanwhile, at least four terrorists were gunned down by security forces in a separate intelligence based operation conducted in district Dera Ismail Khan on the reported presence of terrorists.

The operation, carried out on Monday March 25, resulted in eliminating the militants namely Mustafa, Qismat Ullah and Islam Ud Din, all of whom were “sent to hell”, the ISPR stated.

“The killed terrorists remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities against security forces and killing of innocent civilians,” the statement mentioned.

The military also recovered weapons, ammunition and explosives from killed terrorists.

“Locals of the area appreciated the operation. Sanitisation operation is being carried out to eliminate any other terrorist found in the area as the security forces are determined to wipe out the menace of terrorism from the country,” read the statement.



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