Pakistan’s Army: 4 Troops Killed by Iran-based Militants

A Pakistani army vehicle patrols past police officers standing guard along a road near a cantonment area in Bannu, Pakistan, December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Zahid Muhammad/File Photo
A Pakistani army vehicle patrols past police officers standing guard along a road near a cantonment area in Bannu, Pakistan, December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Zahid Muhammad/File Photo
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Pakistan’s Army: 4 Troops Killed by Iran-based Militants

A Pakistani army vehicle patrols past police officers standing guard along a road near a cantonment area in Bannu, Pakistan, December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Zahid Muhammad/File Photo
A Pakistani army vehicle patrols past police officers standing guard along a road near a cantonment area in Bannu, Pakistan, December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Zahid Muhammad/File Photo

A militant attack from across the border with Iran left four Pakistani soldiers dead Saturday in southwestern Baluchistan province, the army said.

The soldiers were part of a routine border patrol operating along the Pakistan-Iran border when the militants struck in the Jalgai sector of Kech district, the military said in a statement.

The army said necessary contact was being established with Iranian officials for “effective action against terrorists” to prevent such incidents in the future. It identified the casualties as Sher Ahmed, Muhammad Asghar, Muhammad Irfan and Abdur Rasheed.

No one has claimed responsibility.



Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)
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Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)

A fire broke out at a hospital in Iran's north, killing nine patients, state media reported Tuesday.

The blaze started at 1:30 local time (2200GMT) at Qaem Hospital in the city of Rasht, some 330 kilometers (about 205 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran, state TV said, leaving six women and three men dead.

Chief of the city fire department, Shahram Momeni, said on state TV that an electric short circuit in the basement — which harbors the intensive care unit — malfunctioned, causing the fire.

Momeni said emergency workers rescued more than 140 people, patients and hospital staff, after being trapped because of the smoke, and that 120 of them were hospitalized in other medical facilities. He added that an investigation has been ordered.

A video posted online appeared to show smoke billowing from the hospital in the middle of the night.

Iranian media occasionally report on fires in hospitals and clinics that are mainly blamed on technical issues.

In 2020, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.