ISLAMABAD - Three Frontiers Corps personnel were martyred when suspected terrorists opened fire on their team from across the Pak-Afghan border in Mohmand Agency on Friday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The troops were targeted when they busy in the construction of a new border post at Shunkrai area of Mohmand tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.

A protection party that was accompanying the troops responded to the attack, killing five suspected terrorists and leaving as many injured, the ISPR said.

The martyred soldiers were identified as Havaldar Muneer Khan, Sepoy Haq Nawaz Khan and Lance Naik Irshad Hussain.

The fleeing terrorists could be seen carrying with them the bodies of killed militants and those injured in retaliatory fire, the ISPR claimed.

The military's media wing alleged that through such attacks, Pakistan is "paying [the] price" of Afghan security forces' lack of "capacity" and ungoverned spaces on Afghan side of the border.

The incident comes less than a fortnight after two Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred when armed militants opened fire on their vehicle in North Waziristan

Pakistani officials have repeatedly said that the Taliban terrorists, who fled a series of military operations in tribal regions, have found safe havens in northern, eastern and northeastern Afghanistan.

Four terrorists killed in Balochistan cleansing operations

The Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan killed four terrorists in two separate sanitisation operations in Sibbi and Kech districts of the province, Pakistan Army’s media wing said on Friday.

According to the ISPR, FC personnel conducted a search operation in the northern mountainous region of Sibbi on suspicion of the presence of terrorists.

Two terrorists, who were involved in threatening locals, were killed in retaliatory firing by the security personnel during the operation, the ISPR said in a statement.

In a separate operation, FC troops raided a terrorist hide out in Turbat. During the operation, two terrorists were gunned down in encounter with the paramilitary forces, the ISPR statement further added.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site.