QUETTA: Unknown gunmen attacked a coastguard check post with rockets and heavy weaponry near Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan’s Gwadar district on Saturday, killing seven officials and wounding seven others, officials said.
The incident happened in the Suntsar area of Gwadar district, 1,420 kilometres (882 miles) southwest of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich Balochistan province that borders Iran and Afghanistan.
According to Interior Secretary Balochistan Akbar Durrani, armed attackers ambushed a security check post in Suntsar area, a mountainous region near Gwadar port city, where at least 14 security men were deployed.
"Around 24 gunmen armed with rockets and heavy weapons, attacked the check post and killed seven coastguard officials," Akbar Durrani told.
He said at least seven coastguard officials were also injured in the early morning attack.
A local tribal police official also confirmed the attack and casualties and said the identity of the attackers was not immediately known.
The district administration informed that the security personnel were on-duty at the coastguard check post where no effective communication system existed.
The FC, coastguard and Levies forces were sent to the incident site to kick off rescue efforts while the administration initiated the investigation.
Other independent sources told that ten security personnel were martyred.