A firearms and missile attack on a Pakistani paramilitary escort on Thursday killed seven soldiers and seven private security guards in southwestern Pakistan.
The security detail accompanied a convoy of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) on a coastal road that drove from the port city of Gawadar in the troubled province of Balochistan to the southern city of Karachi.
The PR wing of the Pakistani military said OGDCL personnel managed to safely escape the attack, but 14 security guards were killed in the incident.
The area was cordoned off and a search operation for the attackers started, the military said in a statement.
Mineral-rich Balochistan has seen decades of uprising by separatists who want the province to leave Pakistan for exploiting resources in the region.
An umbrella organization of terrorist groups in Baluch took responsibility for the attack in a social media post, but the accuracy of the account could not be independently verified by Reuters.
It was the second major attack in Pakistan in 24 hours.
Six soldiers, including an officer, were killed in a separate attack late Wednesday in the former tribal areas in the north-west of the country.
Two explosions were aimed at military patrols along the Afghan border near Razmak in north Wazirstan, the military’s PR wing said.
The attack was alleged by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – an umbrella group of Islamist terrorists fighting the Pakistani state and its security forces.
The group dispersed and broke into factions following operations by the Pakistani military in the former tribal areas in 2014. This has long been a breeding ground for terrorists attacking targets in Pakistan and across the border in Afghanistan.
However, this year two factions have rejoined the TTP and attacks on security forces have increased significantly.
At least 49 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the region since March, according to a Reuters list of official figures.
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