Islamabad: According to TV channels reports Suspected Taliban attacked a security forces camp near the city of Gujrat, the home town of Deputy Prime Minister of Paksistan Chaudary Pervez Elahi in Punjab province today morning , killing seven soldiers including a policeman.
Five soldiers were injured in the pre-dawn attack, officials said.
TV news channels reported that the security personnel were attacked by a group of gunmen shortly after they had offered their morning prayers.
The gunmen, who were using cars and motorcycles, fled after the shooting. The military confirmed the incident and the casualties in a brief statement.
It said seven security personnel, including a police official, were killed and five others were injured “due to firing by unknown assailants near Wazirabad. The security personnel were part of a small rescue party that had camped on the bank of the Chenab river to search for the body of a pilot mission since a military helicopter crashed on 23 May, the statement said.
The injured persons were taken to the nearest military hospital in Gujranwala district, the statement said.
No group claimed responsibility for the incident. The attack occurred hours after thousands of supporters of the Defa-e-Pakistan Council arrived in Gujrat as part of a “long march” to protest the government’s decision to reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
The DPC is an alliance of over 40 religious and extremist groups, including the united Nations Declared terrorist Jamaat-ud-Dawah and the jihadist and sectarians organizations. The DPC is opposed to the transportation of supplies for foreign NATO forces in Afghanistan through Pakistani territory.
The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killing of seven soldiers in Gujrat. “We proudly claim responsibility for the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers in Gujrat district and would like to warn the government that our attacks would continue everywhere in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab. Our fighters had come out of the tribal areas and would now target the government and military installations in Punjab and other important places in the country,” said Ihsanullah Ihsan, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban led by Hakimullah Mahsud.