DERA BUGTI: At least eight persons, including women and children, were killed when terrorists of a banned outfit attacked people of tribal peace force in a remote area of Balochistan; meanwhile another person was killed and two terrorists were killed when the tribal people chased the attackers in Jaffarabad area.
Levies officials said the incident occurred late on Saturday in Gazi village located near Dera Bugti town in Dera Bugti district where insurgents belonging to banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) attacked houses of government-formed peace force.
The attack left eight of a family dead and three injured. Reports said three women and two children also lost their lives in the gory incident. The killed people include Madad Ali, Sheru, Gobang, Imam Buksh, Ghazni, Mareetu, Ayyub, Naimatulah, Mir Ali, Ameeran Khatoon and Mirzadi Khatoon.
Earlier, police claimed it was result of old enmity over dispute on a piece of land, but later Levies sources confirmed that banned BRA carried out the attack.
They said the tribal peace militia chased after the attackers and two of them near Sohbatpur area in Jaffarabad district.
Meanwhile Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfraz Bugti has said it was an act of terrorism. He said two terrorists were also killed in the firing.
Sarfaraz Bugti told a private TV channel that armed men attacked a house near RD-238 as a result seven people including women and children were killed.
He said later on the tribesmen chased the terrorists and exchange of fire took place between them near Jafarabad. A tribal man and two miscreants were killed in the shootout. Sarfraz Bugti said the remaining terrorists succeeded to flee from the area. He said the terrorists who attacked the innocent women and children would be chased. He said that the terrorists have established in outskirts of the cities and they are used to carry out such attacks. He said overall nine persons were killed in the incident and no injury was reported. He said that the government makes security arrangements and tribal people also made personal security arrangements for their protection.
Meanwhile security has been beefed up in the area after the terrorist incident and police and Levis personnel have started search operation in the area.