Security forces successfully foiled three coordinated terrorist attacks utilizing rockets and sophisticated weaponry in Mach town on Monday night, approximately 70km from the provincial capital, according to officials.
Reportedly, at least one policeman was martyred and a truck driver injured during the harrowing assault.
Although Balochistan’s caretaker Minister for Information, Jan Achakzai, initially attributed the attack to terrorists associated with the Aslam Acho group, responsibility was later claimed by the Majeed Brigade of the proscribed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).
Promptly responding to the attack, security forces assumed positions, engaging in a prolonged gun battle with the terrorists.
Mr. Achakzai asserted that no damage was inflicted on any installations, nor were there any casualties among the security forces.
“The terrorists have retreated, and our security forces are currently in pursuit. We are hopeful that all threats will be neutralized before dawn, with divine intervention,” he stated, emphasizing that the security forces had effectively thwarted the assaults.
According to police reports, at least 15 rockets were launched from nearby mountains, detonating in various areas of Mach town.
Following the rocket barrage, terrorists targeted a security forces camp near the central jail and infiltrated the Mach railway station.
Reports indicated that a railway policeman was martyred, with a truck driver sustaining injuries during the attack, although no official confirmation of casualties was provided.
Subsequent to the attack, Mach town experienced a blackout, and traffic on the Quetta-Sibi Highway was halted.
Emergency measures were implemented in the district hospital, with staff called in to assist. Inspector General Prisons, Balochistan, Shuja Kasi, confirmed that rockets struck the walls of the residential colony of the Mach jail, although no casualties were reported.
The superintendent of the jail refuted social media claims regarding damage to the prison’s gate and walls, affirming the safety of Mach Jail and its inmates.
Armed assailants also targeted a police station in the Gokrt area, but the Levies and security forces swiftly responded, thwarting the attack. Nonetheless, a truck driver, Abdul Malik Shahwani, sustained bullet injuries and was transported to the district hospital in Dhadar for treatment.