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Security forces remained in search of Basari check post attackers

The Security forces remained in search of Basari check post attackers and raided numerous houses in areas neighboring Gilgit-Baltistan and Kohistan district on Monday, Express Tribune reported.

Unidentified men had launched an attack on the checkpoint located on the KKH in the early hours of Sunday, leaving five Rangers personnel injured. The attackers opened random fire using automatic and semi-automatic arms from a distance of about 200 meters, and later fled following retaliatory fire from the Rangers.

The assault was the second major of such assaults on security personnel in the Diamer-Bhasha Dam area; an army colonel, captain and SP police were also slain there in 2014.

The checkpoint was established by Rangers on the orders of the federal government in order to man the eight-kilometer-long strip of land separating Kohistan from G-B–the ownership of which is disputed. “Search ops are under way. Forces will nab the attackers soon,” said a Chilas police official.

The crackdown began hours after the incident occurred, with Pakistan Army, Rangers, G-B Scouts and police officials participating in the search in the challenging Diamer and Kohistan terrain. Helicopters were also used in the sweeps. G-B Home Secretary Sibtain Ahmed is also overseeing the operation and is in close coordination with Kohistan district administration.

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