Attacks on security forces in Pakistan kill 10 soldiers

Attacks on security forces in Pakistan kill 10 soldiers
Attacks on security forces in Pakistan kill 10 soldiers

At least 10 soldiers have been killed in separate attacks within hours on Pakistan security forces.

A military vehicle was ambushed and six soldierskilled in the country's mountainous northern areas bordering Afghanistan onSaturday. The military said in a statement that "terrorists from acrossthe border" fired on a patrol near Gurbaz in the North Wazirstan region.

The attack came after four paramilitary officialspatrolling in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province were killed onFriday in an ambush by unidentified militants, the military said.

Saturday's ambush was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, which is separate from the insurgent movement across the border in Afghanistan. No group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack.

"These are dying efforts of inimical forces while Pakistan moves from stability to enduring peace. It's time for the world to facilitate regional peace," the Pakistan military's spokesman Maj. General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter.

Pakistan and Afghanistan routinely accuse each other of harbouring militant groups that carry out attacks across the border.

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of supporting the Taliban, a charge Pakistan denies, saying it has suffered heavily from the fighting.

The two attacks come days after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan which focused on Pakistan's role in helping to broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Pakistani forces have conducted a series of operations against militant groups including the Pakistani Taliban in the region North Waziristan over recent years. While officials say the area has largely been pacified, small scale attacks continue to take place.

Baluchistan is an important part of transport and energy projects that form part of China's Belt and Road initiative, which has brought $57 billion of investment to Pakistan.

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