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Pakistani leaders review security following 2 terror attacks

IANS  |  Islmabad 

Senior civilian and military leaders on Saturday reviewed security situation in southwestern province following two terrorist incidents, which have claimed the lives of 37 people.

Officials in Balochistan's Gwadar said that unidentified gunmen attacked labourers in two different locations on Saturday and killed at least 10 of them. Several others were injured. All the slain labourers belonged to Sindh province and were engaged in road construction.

No group has claimed responsibility. But provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti blamed "agents of foreign hostile agencies" for the terrorist attack.

Local authorities said the gunmen fled on motorcycles after the incidents.

On Friday a suicide bomber struck a convoy of the Deputy Chairman of the Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haidery in Mastung area and killed 27 people and injured over 30 more. Haidery was injured in the attack that was later claimed by the Islamic State.

The military said that a high level security coordination conference was held in the military headquarters in Quetta, the provincial capital in which senior civil and military officials took review of security situation in the province.

"Participants discussed challenges and expressed their resolve to bring enduring peace and stability in the province through a comprehensive and coordinated joint response," an army statement said.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the tragic incident of indiscriminate firing targeting innocent laborers working on a road in Gwadar, the prime minister's office said.

The Prime Minister said that all efforts will be made to maintain peace in the province at all cost.

"We will ensure all necessary measures to fully realize our dream of a developed and prosperous Baluchistan," he said.



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First Published: Sun, May 14 2017. 02:00 IST