Four Pak Army men, including three officers and one soldier embraced Shahaddat on the third day of Eid. They were patrolling the area in an army vehicle when it was attacked by an improvised explosive device (IED). In the Kharqamar area of North Waziristan.
According to the ISPR the attack happened in the same area where the security forces conducted search operations to arrest some facilitators.
The blast was carried out by an IED hidden at the roadside, leaving Four soldiers injured while four laid their lives for the motherland.
The martyred Pak Army personnels are identified as Lt Col Raashid Karim Baig, (Karimabad, Hunza), Major Moeez Maqsood Baig, (Karachi), Capt Arif Ullah, (Lakki Marwat), and Lance Havaldar Zaheer, (Chakwal).
This makes the total number of casualties rise to 10, in the last month only. 35 soldiers got injured too in the violence inflicted by terrorists in the North Waziristan and Baluchistan.
Prime Minister, President and the COAS strongly condemned the attack in Kharqamae North Waziristan. They prayed for the higher ranks of the deceased and patience and courage for their families.
In his statement, The President reported that the nation stands united behind the Army and we will not stop until the peace is restored in the terrorists inflicted areas of the country.
Prime Minister also expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of precious lives of Army men. He applauded the courage and bravery of the Shaheed soldiers. In his statement he conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families.
He added that such incidents cannot waver the determination of the state and army to eradicate terrorism from Pakistan. He said, The people of the tribal areas are being triggered by some players.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Pak Army soldiers for keeping us secure.
The statement by Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan also paid tribute to the martyred soldiers, she denounced the IED attack on the military vehicle. The Special assistant to the prime Minister of Information and Broadcasting added that Pakistanis are united against terrorism.