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At least six paramilitary soldiers were killed and 22 were injured in a suicide attack in southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, days after a suicide bombing at a Shi’ite Mosque in northwest Pakistan killed 63 people, officials said.
The Daesh group claimed responsibility for an attack on a security convoy in southwestern Pakistan, according to a monitoring group.
Militant violence has risen in the South Asian nation amid political instability as country’s opposition parties prepare to bring a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the coming days.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an interview. File photo
Pakistani police said the explosion in Baluchistan province was caused by a roadside bomb but the claim of responsibility cites an Daesh suicide bomber as carrying out the attack, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messaging.
The conflicting reports could not be immediately explained.
"The bomber first hurled a grenade which failed, after which he blew himself up close to paramilitary men, killing six,” Nasroor Alam Kolachi, a senior police officer of the Sibi District in South-West Balochistan province, told the media.
The men were ending security duties after an annual cultural festival attended by President Arif Alivi. He had left the venue before the attack.
On Friday, a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar killed at least 64 people, police and hospital officials said.
Daesh later claimed the Peshawar bombing.
The reward offered by the US State Department was also for any information that would aid in arresting or convicting those responsible for the "terrorist attack at the Kabul airport" on August 26, which was claimed by the Daesh-Khorasan.
The pre-dawn gunbattle happened in South Waziristan, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to a military statement. It said the slain insurgents were involved in multiple past attacks on security forces.
Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban seized power last year, with Islamabad claiming militant groups were carrying out attacks from Afghan soil.
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