In a fierce fight between Baloch militants and Pakistan’s military forces on Tuesday in Balochistan’s Dasht area, both sides suffered multiple casualties.
A number of civilians were also reportedly killed, including a young girl, Samreen Baloch daughter of Fida Hussain, as a result of shelling by military helicopters.
According to BT sources, the Baloch militants ambushed a three-vehicle military convoy in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The fight started in Dasht’s Mazan Band area and ended in Sorag Kaur. In some places, both sides exchanged fire in face-to-face battles.
After the ambush on the military convoy, helicopters were sent from the Turbat military camp. In the day-long battle which continued till the dark descended upon the area, at least two dozen military personnel and four Baloch militants were confirmed dead.
Both Balochistan Liberation Front and the Baloch Republican Army were engaged in the fight. Dad Jan and Sabir of the BLF and Jalal and Ghani of the BRA lost their lives.
Sources said multiple Baloch woman and civilians were also caught in the crossfire. But BT could only confirm the death of a young girl as a result of aerial shelling.
According to the latest reports, military vehicles and helicopters returned to the area on Wednesday morning.
Sajid Hussain (1981-2020) was a writer and senior journalist from Balochistan. He had a degree in Economics, International Relations and English Literature from Karachi University. He had the experience of working with Pakistani newspapers Daily Times and The News International. Sajid Hussain was also the founding editor of this online magazine.