The North Western frontier of Pakistan has seen an unfortunate spike in fatalities this week, with six Frontier Corps (FC) men were killed on Friday. They all fell victim to an improvised explosive device (IED) near the Pakistan-Iran border when their vehicle was hit by the remote-controlled bomb. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) their assignment was “to check possible routes used by terrorists in the mountainous terrain of Makran”. Earlier in the week two soldiers had been killed in a rocket attack on a security checkpoint in Edek village near Mirali in the North Waziristan tribal district. The military did not give details on where the rocket could have come from.
While North Waziristan remains a hotspot for sporadic incidents of terrorist attacks on security forces, it is worrying that flare-ups are still seen elsewhere. Although the large-scale military operations of the last decade have had great success in eliminating the terror threat, such incidents are still of serious concern. In North Waziristan alone, at least 10 security personnel were killed in separate attacks by militants.