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Militants attack checkpoint in Pakistan, killing at least seven

Militants attack checkpoint in Pakistan, killing at least seven
Officials say gunmen attacked the Frontier Corps post in the district of Harnai in Baluchistan province. Baluchistan has been battling an insurgency for more than a decade.

Officials say gunmen attacked the Frontier Corps post in the district of Harnai in Baluchistan province.The attack on the Frontier Corps comes a day after a bomb exploded near a soccer field, killing two spectators and wounding another six in Panjgur district in southwestern Baluchistan.Militants attack checkpoint in Pakistan, killing at least seven QUETTA, Pakistan — At least seven Pakistani security men were killed when a group of militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint early Sunday in a province rocked for years by an insurgency, a statement from Pakistan's army said.Senior police officer Shawli Tareen gave a slightly higher death toll than the army, saying that during the exchange of gunfire early Sunday morning, six paramilitary troops and two private guards were killed.

Baluch separatists demand complete autonomy or a massive share to locals from the province's gas and mineral resources.The attackers fled the scene and made their way into the mountainous terrain before other security teams could arrive to assist, Tareen said.

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