QUETTA–Militants attacked the convoy of a senior administration officer and killed two of his guards in Balochistan’s Kharan district on Friday.
Dawood Khan, a levies official, told DawnNews via telephone that armed militants attacked the convoy of Deputy Commissioner Kharan Raziq Dilawary in the Rachil area of the district.
Two levies personnel were killed and another two sustained bullet wounds in the attack, he said.
One attacker was killed and another was arrested alive when levies personnel retaliated, Khan said. More levies personnel were called to the area to arrest the assailants.
The levies personnel and armed militants exchanged fire, the levies official said. The injured levies personnel were moved to Quetta for medical treatment. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
However, levies officials suspect a Baloch separatist militant group in the area is responsible for the attack.
Earlier this month, two levies personnel were killed in two separate incidents of targeted killings in the Killa Abdullah and Ziarat districts of Balochistan. Levies sources told media that armed militants opened fire at levies personnel in the Maizai Addah area of Killa Abdullah district.
Two armed riders had opened fire at the security official who was returning home after duty, a Levies official said.
The northern parts of Balochistan bordering Afghanistan have been under the grip of violence since the launch of a crack-down against militants in the aftermath of the devastating Army Public School Peshawar attack on December 16, 2014.
In retaliation to security forces’ search operations and arrests, militant outfits have been attacking security forces and kidnapping officials from Zhob and other areas of northern Balochistan.