Last night in district Harnai of Balochistan, unknown armed men abducted Pakistan Army personnel during checking, after which the Pakistani armed forces launched an operation in the area. A Pakistan army helicopter was targeted in the same area during the operation in which six personnel including two majors were killed.
In an email received by The Balochistan Post, Baloch Liberation Army, a pro-independence Baloch armed organization, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
According to the BLA spokesman, last night freedom fighters of Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) arrested two Pakistani army personnel while acting on a tip-off near the Zardalo area of Harnai.
He said that later Pakistani army helicopters reached the area in support of its ground forces, approximately 5Km from the operation site near Khost area of Harnai, Baloch freedom fighters shot down a helicopter, all six people in the helicopter, including the two pilots, were killed.
The spokesman said, a detailed statement will be issued later.
Confirming the news, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday that six Pakistan Army officials, including two majors, were killed after a helicopter crashed during a flying mission near Khost in Harnai, Balochistan.
Killed Pakistan Army officials were identified as:
Major Khurram Shahzad (pilot), a resident of Attock.
Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal (pilot), a resident of Rawalpindi.
Subedar Abdul Wahid, a resident of Sabirabad village in Karak.
Sepoy Muhamad Imran, a resident of Makhdoompur in Khanewal.
Naik Jalil, a resident of village Bhutta, in Gujrat district.
Sepoy Shoaib, a resident of village Khatarphatti in Attock district.
Where is Harnai located?
Harnai is a district located approximately 180 km north-east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. Harnai is the principal town of this district and serves as its capital.
Harnai is surrounded by imposing hills on all sides. This district is quite close to Bolan, Loralai, Ziarat, and Sibi.
Source: The Balochistan Post