QUETTA: Two Frontier Corps personnel were martyred and a passer-by was injured in a gun attack in the main bazaar of Loralai town on Saturday.

It was the third terrorist incident in Loralai over the past six weeks. Earlier, the FC training centre in the cantonment area and the DIG Police complex came under attacks in which 13 security personnel and civilians lost their lives.

Police officials said two FC personnel went to Majeed Market where they were fired upon by unidentified men on a motorbike.

“Both FC men, who received multiple bullet injuries, died on the spot,” senior police official Nasir Shah said, adding a civilian passer-by was injured.

Police and FC personnel rushed to the scene of the attack and shifted the bodies and the injured to the Loralai district hospital.

Police described it as an act of targeted killing.

“The firing incident is targeted killing,” SHO Loralai police station Nasir Shah said.

The deceased were identified as Havaldar Alauddin who belonged to Lakki Marwat and Lance Naik Mohammad Anwar of Karak.

The injured was identified as Shamsullah, a resident of Loralai.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani condemned the attack and expressed his sorrow over the martyrdom of the FC personnel and offered condolence to the grieving families.

He said such cowardly attacks could not undermine the resolve of security forces and government. He said the government and security forces would continue war against terrorists and their facilitators.

Published in Dawn, February 17th, 2019