Traffic collision kills seven police officers in Pakistan's Balochistan

Cops were returning home for Eid holidays when their vehicle collided with a truck in Khuzdar area

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Residents look at the wreckage of a burnt passenger bus at Bela in Lasbela district of Balochistan province on January 29, 2023. — Photo used for illustrative purpose only. — AFP file
Residents look at the wreckage of a burnt passenger bus at Bela in Lasbela district of Balochistan province on January 29, 2023. — Photo used for illustrative purpose only. — AFP file

Published: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 2:13 PM

Last updated: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 2:35 PM

A head-on traffic collision in Pakistan's southwest killed seven police officers who were returning home for the Eid holidays, an official said.

They died at the scene of the crash on a national highway in the Khuzdar area of Balochistan province on Saturday night, according to police official Fahad Khoso.

Khoso said the collision was between the officers' vehicle and a truck. The seven men had finished a course at police training college.

In a separate incident, a shootout in the country's northwest killed two soldiers and eight militants.

The Pakistani army said late Saturday there was an intense exchange of fire between security forces and militants during the raid on a hideout in South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Weapons and ammunition were recovered from the slain militants, the army said.

The country is seeing a rise in militant attacks since the end of a ceasefire last November between the banned group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the government.

The government said earlier this month it will carry out a massive anti-terrorist operation across the country to counter the wave of violence.


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