QUETTA – Five people including two security personnel were killed in gun attacks and landmine blast in different parts of Balochistan on Saturday while unknown armed men kidnapped Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Mastung along with his driver near Sibi.

Two security personnel were killed when their convoy was attacked by militants in Sangsila area of Bugti district. According to an official in Dera Bugti, a convoy of security forces was passing through the Sangsila area when a group of armed men opened fire on it, killing two security men on the spot. The security forces returned fire but they escaped.

Security forces cordoned off the area for a manhunt. No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

In another incident, unidentified armed men shot dead one Abdullah in Kharan.

Police say the assailants were riding a motorbike and fled from the scene after committing the crime. However, motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained.

Armed men shot dead Herjan Marri at cattle market in Sibi. Police moved the body to a state-run hospital for autopsy and later handed it over to heirs for burial. A person was killed and two children were wounded in Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti when they suddenly stepped on a landmine laid by unidentified people.

Local administration moved the body to a hospital for autopsy, however name of the victims could not be ascertained.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped EDO Education Mastung along with his driver near Sibi. EDO Haji Fateh was heading towards Quetta from Dera Murad Jamali along with his driver. As they reached Bakhtiarabad area, some 25 KM away from Sibi unidentified armed men intercepted their vehicle on National Highway and drove them towards undisclosed location.

Following the incident, Levies Force personnel rushed to the site and started a search operation in the area to arrest the culprits.

Meanwhile, security forces arrested two accused persons from Muslim Bagh and recovered 1 SMG, 2 walkie-talkie sets and cash. The accused were identified as Abdul Bari and Abdul Manan.