14 Pakistani troops killed in rebel ambush

QUETTA, Pakistan — Fourteen Pakistani soldiers were killed Monday in an ambush blamed on separatist rebels in the country’s southwestern Baluchistan province, the Frontier Corps paramilitary force said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2011, 6:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:20 AM

The attack took place in the Musa Khel district, 400 kilometres (250 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta, a military spokesman said.

The military blamed the attack on Baluch rebels, who rose up in 2004 to demand political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the province’s wealth of natural resources.

“Fourteen paramilitary personnel, including a major, were killed and several others were wounded. Baluch militants were involved,” the spokesman told AFP.

The troops were ambushed while guarding a private coal-mining project. The scene of the attack was not far from Sui town, where two other soldiers were killed in a bombing on Saturday.

Baluchistan borders Afghanistan and Iran.

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