Six killed in blasts, attack

ISLAMABAD: A bomb killed at least two Pakistani soldiers in the tribal areas while four others, including two soldiers, died in land mine explosions. 
The bomb attack occurred on Thursday evening near the border with Afghanistan just northwest of Miranshah – the main town of North Waziristan – a statement from the military said. “Two soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) Thursday evening in an improvised explosive device blast in the Ghulam Khan area,” the statement said, issued late Thursday. Ghulam Khan is 20 kilometres northwest of Miranshah. 
Elsewhere, two gunmen riding a motorbike on Friday opened fire on two police men on security duty on the outskirts of Quetta, killing both of them, police said. “One of the policemen died on the spot while the second succumbed to injuries in hospital,” a local senior police official Imran Qureshi told AFP. Meanwhile, two persons were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Tehsil Kolachi of Dera Ismail Khan. The victims were both traders who were heading towards Loni from Kolachi on a motorbike when a roadside bomb killed both of them. 
Pakistan began the offensive against militants in mid-June following a brazen insurgent attack on Karachi airport that left dozens dead and a peace process with the Pakistani Taliban in tatters. More than 500 militants and 27 soldiers have been killed in the assault so far, according to the military, though their death toll for insurgents cannot be independently confirmed. More than 800,000 people have been forced to flee from North Waziristan by the assault, with most ending up in the nearby town of Bannu where they either live in government-run camps or pay high rents for private accommodation.

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