QUETTA, Pakistan ( Associated Press) — A Pakistani soldier and a militant were killed in clashes near the Afghan border after militants tried to infiltrate into Pakistan. Pakistani army gave this information on Sunday.
The army said in a statement that the incident took place during the night in the Sambaja area near Zhob. Two other soldiers were injured. The army said the area was under surveillance for several days due to reports of infiltration of terrorists to attack security forces and civilians.
The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban-Pakistan, abandoned a ceasefire last month and has been attacking Pakistani security forces.
The Pakistani Taliban is separate from but allied with the Afghan Taliban, which seized power in Afghanistan a year earlier following the US and NATO withdrawal. The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan has encouraged the Pakistani Taliban.
In another incident in southwestern Pakistan, an army captain and four other soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast on Sunday. A section of the army said the blast was targeted at soldiers involved in an anti-subversive operation in Kohlu district of Balochistan province.
Balochistan police said on Sunday that 14 people were injured in three separate grenade attacks. Police official Zafar Mahesar said two attacks took place in the provincial capital Quetta and wounded 11 people, while a third attack in the industrial city of the hub wounded three civilians.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. Various separatist groups have been insurgents in the region for several years.