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More than 2 dozen militants killed in Balochistan last month

world Updated: May 23, 2015 16:38 IST
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At least 29 militants have been killed in military operations in Balochistan province during the past one month.

The militants killed belonged to the outlawed Baloch insurgent groups and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti and Brigadier Mohammad Tahir of Frontier Corps said the Frontier Corps (FC) killed 29 militants associated with the Baloch separatist groups and the TTP, including two suicide bombers, during the search operation in the province.

TTP militants were sneaking into Balochistan from North Waziristan where 'Zarb-e-Azb' operation is in its decisive phase, but they were not allowed by the FC to set up camps in the province.

Bugti said the FC carried out the search operation in various districts including Kalat, Mastung, Awaran, Turbat, Zhob, Loralai and Killa Abdullah, killing some notorious militants.

FC killed 29 militants associated with the Baloch separatist groups and the TTP, including two suicide bombers, during the search operation in the province," the Express Tribune reported.

The troops also arrested six insurgents belonging to different militant groups who were involved in attacks on security forces, kidnapping of Frontier Work Organisation's workers and killing innocent people.

The FC have seized 1,350 kg of explosive material, 12 suicide jackets, 6 RPG7, 40 IEDs, 12 anti-personnel mines, six bombs, two SMGs, 50 hand-grenades and 100 detonators.

South Western province of Balochistan is facing a low-level insurgency by Baloch nationalists who want greater control over mineral resources. The law and order situation has been compounded by the presence of Taliban militants who attack the forces and civilians.

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