QUETTA: Five people, including three Levies personnel, were injured in two armed attacks in Chagai and Pishin districts of Balochistan on Saturday.
Three Levies personnel sustained injuries in an attack by unidentified gunmen at a check post on the Quetta-Taftan highway in Chagai.
Officials said a group of armed men raided a pickup in the Gazan area near Dalbandin and indiscriminately fired at the Levies personnel on duty at the post. The personnel returned and an exchange of heavy gunfire ensued, resulting in the injuries to three Levies men.
Upon receiving information about the armed attack on the check post, the district administration promptly dispatched additional Levies personnel to the area. Following an intense exchange of fire, the armed assailants escaped from the area.
“Around a dozen armed men attacked the check post with automatic weapons,” said the Dalbandin assistant commissioner, who reached the site along with security forces. The injured Levies personnel were shifted to district hospital. The assistant commissioner said the Levies Quick Response Force launched an operation in the area to arrest them.
In another incident, unidentified armed men on motorcycles opened fire on two employees of Pishin Cadet College, injuring both.
Following the incident, taken place near Boys Degree College building, law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene and shifted the wounded employees to district hospital in Pishin. The injured were later transferred to Civil Hospital’s trauma centre in Quetta.
Published in Dawn, November 19th, 2023