Terrorists launch sophisticated attacks on #Pakistan military camps (possibly simultaneously) in #Balochistan close to #Iran and #Afghanistan borders. Both repulsed. Fatalities: 4 terrorists + 1 soldier. Developing situation. Military releases first images: /1 ImageImageImage
In #Panjgur, adjoining #Iran, "terrorists tried to enter security forces camp from 2 locations..timely response by troops foiled attempt. During intense exchange of fire 1 soldier martyred. Terrorists have fled while their casualties are being ascertained"-statement /2
In #Nushki, adjoining #Afghanistan, terrorists attempted to enter Frontier Corps camp "which was promptly responded. 4 Terrorists have been killed. One officer is injured during shootout. Intermittent firing continuing. Further details to follow." - statement /3
My note: The attacks tonight close to #Pakistan's western borders indicate a qualitative jump in attacks inside Pakistan by terror groups operating out of #Afghanistan and #Iran. /4

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