Pakistan Quetta blast
Paramedics transport a police officer who was injured in a deadly bomb blast, following his initial treatment at a hospital, in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Image Credit: AP file

QUETTA, Pakistan: Islamist militants armed with guns, hand grenades and rockets attacked a military base in southern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least four soldiers, army and security officials said.

Another five soldiers were critically wounded, the army said in a statement, adding at least three militants were killed in retaliatory fire.

An operation was underway to apprehend two other attackers, it said.

Several militants stormed the military base in Northern Balochistan in the early hours, three security sources told Reuters.

“Initial attempt of terrorists to sneak into the facility was checked by soldiers on duty,” the army said, and added that “in ensuing heavy exchange of fire, the terrorists have been contained into a small area at the boundary.”