Six soldiers patrolling near the Afghan border were killed in North Waziristan when the attackers opened fire from the Afghan side, according to a statement by Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The statement said “terrorists from across the border” fired on a patrol near Gurbaz in the North Waziristan region. Separately, the military said four paramilitary troops were killed in the southwestern province of Balochistan during a combing operation against the armed fighters. In recent years, Pakistani forces have conducted a series of operations against armed groups, including the Pakistan Taliban, in the North Waziristan region. Balochistan is rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist attacks, and a number of armed groups, including the Pakistan Taliban and the Balochistan Liberation Army, operate in the province.
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