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Gunmen kill 4 paramilitary soldiers in southwest Pakistan

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan and has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch separatist groups, who demand a greater share of the province’s resources.

world Updated: Feb 14, 2018 17:51 IST
No one has immediately claimed the attack and security forces have launched a hunt for the assailants.
No one has immediately claimed the attack and security forces have launched a hunt for the assailants.(AFP File Photo)

Pakistani police say gunmen riding on motorcycles have opened fire on a vehicle carrying paramilitary soldiers in the country’s southwest, killing four troops before fleeing.

Abdur Razzaq Cheema, the police chief in Quetta, said Wednesday’s attack took place in the city’s Saryab neighbourhood.

No one has immediately claimed the attack and Cheema says police and troops have launched a hunt for the assailants.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan and has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch separatist groups, who demand a greater share of the province’s resources. Islamic militant groups also operate there and often target security forces.

Pakistani authorities claim they have quelled the insurgency and broken the backbone of militants but violence has continued.