Oct 16, 2020 05:44 UTC
  •  Two separate gun and bomb attacks kill a dozen in Pakistan

At least twelve people have been killed in two separate gun and bomb attacks targeting security forces and workers across Pakistan.

According to reports, in the first incident, at least six people were killed on Thursday when a convoy of oil workers came under attack by a group of heavily-armed gunmen in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan.

Local Pakistani officials confirmed that paramilitary troops and workers from the state Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL) were among those killed in the ambush on a highway in Gwadar. 

No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, however, such instances of violence are usually carried out by pro-Taliban militants.

Baloch separatist groups and militants in the province have also been engaged in a decades-long campaign against the central government.

Balochistan was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in late 2016, raising fears about an increasing presence of armed militants in the area, including terrorists linked to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

In a second attack on Thursday, the military said in a statement that at least six soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in North Waziristan province.

Pakistan has been carrying out a major offensive against militant hideouts across the troubled northwestern tribal regions since June 2014.