Peshawar, Feb. 27 (PTI) — Two Pakistani army officers were killed after militants attacked a security checkpoint in the country’s restive northwest region, which borders Afghanistan, the Pakistani military’s media affairs department said on Monday.
The military responded quickly after militants opened fire on a security checkpoint in the Spinwam area of Pakistan’s North Waziristan region on Sunday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“Two militants were killed by gunfire and two others were arrested for carrying ammunition,” ISPR said.
Two Pakistani army officers were also killed in the shooting, reports said.
The military media department said the area was being searched to drive away the militants.
Prime Minister Sheikh Baz Sharif condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of the two Pakistani military officers.
So far, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sunday’s incident comes amid an increase in terrorist attacks across the country.
Pakistan has been hit by a wave of terrorism, mainly in the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, but also in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces.
On January 30, a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up during afternoon prayers at a mosque in Peshawar, killing 101 people and injuring more than 200.
In November, the outlawed Pakistani Taliban (TTP) called off an indefinite ceasefire with the government in June 2022 and ordered its militants to carry out attacks on security forces.
Pakistan wanted the Afghan Taliban to stop using their land against Pakistan by expelling TTP operatives when they came to power, but they apparently refused to do so at the cost of tense relations with Islamabad.
Last week, the Afghan government headed by the Taliban proposed to the Pakistani side for the first time that the Pakistani side should bear the cost of disarming and resettling more than 30,000 illegal TTP members and their families in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area.
The TTP, formed in 2007 as an umbrella group for several militant groups, canceled a ceasefire with the federal government and ordered its militants to carry out terrorist attacks across the country. PTI AYZ
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