Home Office orders LEAs and intelligence agencies to observe ‘highest level of preparedness’

Army soldiers patrol the street to enforce coronavirus safety protocols, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Peshawar, Pakistan, April 25, 2021. – Reuters

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Thursday ordered law enforcement and security agencies to remain on high alert following two separate terror attacks in Balochistan.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the terrorists attempted to attack security force camps in Panjgur and Naushki, Balochistan.

Intelligence and security agencies across the country were told to observe the “highest level of preparedness”, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The ministry said increased vigilance by LEAs, provincial governments and intelligence agencies would enable them to thwart the nefarious designs of anti-state elements.

The ministry noted that the “vigilance and bravery” of Frontier Corps Balochistan helped repel the two attacks in Balochistan.

Four soldiers embrace martyrdom

Publishing an update today, the ISPR said 13 terrorists had been killed in Naushki and Panjgur areas.

The army’s media wing said a total of nine terrorists were killed in Naushki, and four soldiers, including an officer, embraced martyrdom as they responded to the attacks.

Meanwhile, four terrorists were shot dead in Panjgur. A security force operation is underway in the area where they surrounded four to five other terrorists.

Alert issued for LEAs to exercise “extreme vigilance”

After terrorist incidents in Lahore and Islamabad, the Ministry of Interior had also issued an alert for the LEAs to exercise “extreme vigilance”.

The Ministry of Interior, in the notification, requested LEAs from all provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to take additional security measures to thwart any unforeseen incidents.

At least five people have been killed and more than 25 injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Lahore and Islamabad.

Three people died in the explosion at Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore. In Islamabad, a policeman was shot dead and two others were injured at a checkpoint in a shootout with terrorists. Police also shot and killed two activists in the aftermath.

Betty K. Park