Daily Evacuation Brief | December 16, 2023
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PAKISTAN AND IRAN WITNESS TERROR RELATED VIOLENCE ON FRIDAY – Both neighbors were struck by presumed terror attacks yesterday that left over twenty people dead. While Pakistan has been reeling from a barrage of terror attacks, Iran has seen far fewer incidences throughout 2023. Friday turned out to be a bloody day in both countries as terrorist organizations launched a total of three attacks.
Iran - At least 11 Iranian policemen were reportedly killed in an attack on a police station in Sistan-Baluchistan. The attack took place in the village of Rask near midnight and was considered to be one of the deadliest in the Province for years. The group that claimed responsibility for the attack is the Sunni jihad group - Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice). An unidentified number of militants were also killed in the gun battle. A source in Tehran said that the body count will likely grow as several of the police officials were grievously wounded and may not survive.
Pakistan - In the first engagement, a dual-pronged attack was carried out in the Tank District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province when a suicide bomber used an explosive device to clear the entrance to a police station and a neighboring apartment building. Gunmen then entered the buildings and opened fire on the occupants. At least 8 police officers were reportedly killed and 3 militants died in the fray. An obscure terror organization known as Ansar-ul-Islam claimed responsibility for the attack. In the second engagement, TTP terrorists launched an attack on a military checkpoint in the Khyber border area and killed 2 Pakistani soldiers while wounding 5 others.
A SUNNI/SHIA COUPLE TOLD THEY WOULD NOT BE GRANTED A BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR THEIR CHILD FROM THE TALIBAN – A couple was informed by the Taliban Statistics and Information Department that they could not apply for an official birth certificate for their child because their union presented problems under the recently reinstated Sharia law. All documents about the child have been retained by the Department and the couple has been left with no recourse but to await a decision from a Taliban religious ‘scholar’.
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