At least eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in a roadside mine blast in Harnai district of Baluchistan on Tuesday, local officials confirmed.
In addition, four other soldiers were wounded.
The blast happened after a Pakistani soldier’s vehicle struck a roadside mine “which destroyed the vehicle”, according to local officials.
Harnai is 160 km east of the provincial capital of Quetta.
This is the second attack within days in the troubled region.
On Saturday night a bomb exploded near a crowded market in Quetta, killing at least 15 people and wounding over 40 others.
Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Bajwa said the attack was an attempt to mar celebrations on Monday as Pakistan celebrated 70 years since independence from British colonial rule.
"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge," Bajwa said in a statement the army media wing posted on Twitter.