ISLAMABAD (AA) – At least four “terrorists” were killed by the Pakistan army during an intelligence-based operation in southwestern Balochistan province, the military said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan army, said the operation was initiated in Balochistan’s Hoshab town to clear a hideout of “terrorists”, linked with firing incidents on security forces and civilians besides planting of improvised explosive devices.
Following an intelligence tip, the security forces raided a location of the “terrorists”, the ISPR said, adding that four “terrorists” were killed in the ensuing gunfight.
The military also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including improvised explosive devices.
The outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army has been carrying out attacks on security forces in the province.
Mineral-rich Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province. It is a key route for the $64 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.
China is also developing the Gwadar port and is involved in other projects in the restive province.