ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani Army on Friday said it killed over 100 suspected insurgents during intensified counter-terror operations in response to a fatal terror attack in the south of the country.
Some 80 people were killed in the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine near the Indian border on Thursday in a suicide blast later claimed by the Islamic State terror organization.
Major General Asif Ghafoor in a statement said that, in response, “over 100 terrorists have been slaughter since last night.”
The operations were ordered by the Pakistan Army Chief of Staff, Javed Bajwa, in the wake of the bombing and were ongoing.
The statement said the counter-terror agents were focusing on areas near the Afghanistan border, a western region of Pakistan where the Islamabad government wields little authority.
The mountainous border in this restive area was closed on Thursday evening.
Ghafoor said a considerable number of arms had been confiscated during the military raids.
Pakistan has been witness to an uptick in terror activity carried out by the IS and other Islamist groups such as the Pakistani Taliban.
Bajwa on Friday said the army would defend the Pakistani population from all forms of threats.
Following the shrine attack, he pledged to avenge the deaths of worshipers who lost their lives.
The religious complex was near capacity when the assailant blew himself up in the middle of the crowd.
Local hospitals were overwhelmed with the number of casualties.
It was the sixth terror attack to strike Pakistan in a week.
The fresh wave of attacks came despite increased security operations across the south Asian nation.