Quetta, Pakistan: A gun and rocket attack targeting a Pakistani paramilitary escort on Thursday killed seven soldiers and seven private security guards in southwestern Pakistan, officials said.
The security detail was escorting a convoy of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) on a coastal highway travelling to the southern city of Karachi from the port town of Gawadar, located in the restive Balochistan province.
The Pakistani military's public relations wing said the OGDCL personnel managed to escape the attack safely, but 14 security men had been killed in the incident.
The area has been sealed off and a search operation for the assailants had been launched, the military said in a statement.
It was the second major attack in Pakistan in 24 hours.
Six soldiers, including one officer, were killed in a separate attack in the former tribal areas in the northwest of the country late Wednesday.
The attack was claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) - an umbrella group of Islamist terrorist fighting against the Pakistani state and its security forces.