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Pakistani troops kill 12 militants southwestern Balochistan province

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 5, 2017 1:53AM

Pakistani government forces have killed some 12 militants in the country's southwestern Balochistan province.

On Sunday, the Pakistani army announced that the militants had been killed during operations which were carried out in the province's Mastung district.

Last month, at least 25 people were killed in Mastung when a bombing was carried out near a mosque in the town shortly after Friday prayers.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombing, which was apparently meant to target the convoy of Deputy Chairman of Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri as it exited the mosque. Local reports said Haideri had suffered minor injuries in the blast. He was transferred to provincial capital Quetta for treatment.

Pakistan's Balochistan province has seen several gun and bomb attacks over the past couple of years.

In May, ten construction workers were killed in an attack by gunmen the province.

Pro-Taliban militants and some Baloch militant groups have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as civilians despite frequent offensives by the Pakistani army.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror. Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.

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