Eleven Pakistani Soldiers Killed in Iskalko Camp Attack: BLA

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An army soldier examines damages on the site of a bombing at a police station on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle at a police station's main gate in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing several policemen and wounding more than dozen others, officials said. Some militants also opened fire and a shootout between them and security forces was still ongoing, police officer Kamal Khan said. (AP Photo)

The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has issued a detailed statement regarding the recent major attack on the Pakistani military camp in Iskalko, claiming that the operation resulted in the deaths of 11 Pakistani soldiers and injuries to several others.

BLA spokesperson Jeeyand Baloch said the attack began at 10:30 PM on Monday night. BLA fighters launched coordinated rocket and heavy weapon attacks on the Pakistani forces from multiple directions.

According to the spokesperson, the BLA’s Fateh Squad engaged in close combat with Pakistani forces, capturing two outposts within an hour. The combined efforts of the Fateh Squad and the Special Tactical Operations Squad (STOS) then led to the capture of the main camp after intense fighting.

Jeeyand Baloch claimed that Pakistani personnel abandoned their weapons and fled as BLA fighters advanced. The BLA’s sniper team pursued the fleeing soldiers, allegedly killing at least 11. The fighters held the camp for 12 hours, seizing weapons and ammunition before setting parts of the camp on fire.

The spokesperson added that this morning, BLA fighters targeted and forced the retreat of Pakistani armored vehicles and helicopters sent as reinforcements. All BLA fighters then safely returned to their secure locations.

Meanwhile, Balochistan’s Interior Minister Ziaullah Langove confirmed the attack and claimed that two FC personnel were killed in the Iskalko attack.

In a phone interview with BBC Urdu, Langove claimed that the attackers’ intention was to take the FC personnel hostage, but the attempt was thwarted. he further said that an earlier attack had also taken place on a security forces’ camp in the Khaliqabad area of Kalat district. Following this, around 40 to 50 attackers carried out a second attack in Iskalko.

He mentioned that there were two FC posts in the area, with approximately 20 personnel deployed. According to him, he has been monitoring the situation since last night, during which Kalat police and Levies forces were mobilized in the area.

The Iskalko camp was reportedly established to protect projects operated by Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) in Kalat. Jeeyand Baloch accused PPL of exploiting Baloch resources under the guise of oil and gas exploration and warned the company to cease operations immediately.

BLA spokesperson Jeeyand Baloch said that BLA would not tolerate the exploitation of Baloch resources and that future attacks on PPL sites would be even more severe if the company did not halt its activities.

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