Soldier, militant killed on Pakistan-Afghanistan border

QUETTA, Pakistan (HPD) — A Pakistani soldier and a militant were killed in a clash near the Afghan border when militants tried to infiltrate into Pakistan, the Pakistani military said Sunday.

The incident occurred overnight in the Sambaza region near Zhob, the military said in a statement. Two other soldiers were wounded. The area, the military said, had been under surveillance for days due to reports that militants were about to infiltrate to attack security forces and civilians.

The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban-Pakistan, abandoned a truce last month and have been attacking Pakistani security forces.

The Pakistani Taliban is separate from but allied with the Afghan Taliban, which seized power in Afghanistan after the US and NATO withdrawal a year ago. The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan has encouraged the Pakistani Taliban.

In another incident in southwestern Pakistan, a roadside bomb on Sunday killed an army captain and four other soldiers. A section of the military said the blast was targeting soldiers involved in an anti-subversive operation in the Kohlu district of Balochistan province.

Balochistan police reported on Sunday that in three separate grenade attacks, 14 people were injured. Two of the attacks were in the provincial capital of Quetta and injured 11 people, while a third attack in the industrial town of Hub injured three civilians, police officer Zafar Maheser said.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Various separatist groups have been waging insurgencies in the region for several years.

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