Pakistan summons Iran envoy over deadly attack near border
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Pakistan summons Iran envoy over deadly attack near border

Islamabad demands Tehran take action against armed group in Balochistan region believed responsible for Friday ambush that left six soldiers dead

Illustrative: Pakistani army soldiers during a search operation against militants, on the outskirts of Peshawar on June 24, 2017. (AFP/Abdul Majeed)
Illustrative: Pakistani army soldiers during a search operation against militants, on the outskirts of Peshawar on June 24, 2017. (AFP/Abdul Majeed)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has lodged a protest with Iran over the killing of six Pakistani paramilitary troops who were ambushed by militants while patrolling the border in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

The Foreign Ministry says it summoned Iran’s ambassador to demand it take action against the armed group responsible for the attack. No one has claimed the attack, and neither country has identified those responsible.

Some 30 gunmen attacked the Frontier Corps convoy on Friday, killing six soldiers and wounding 14. Four attackers were killed in the shootout.

Iran condemned the attack Saturday and vowed to cooperate with Pakistan.

A number of militant groups as well as drug smugglers operate in the border region.

Militants captured around a dozen Iranian border guards near the border in October. Five were released in Pakistan last month, under unclear circumstances.

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