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Pakistan Antiterror Units Raid Islamic State Hideout, Kill 11 Militants, Police Say

September 01, 2021

Pakistan antiterror units killed 11 Islamic State (IS) militants in a raid and shootout in the restive southwestern Balochistan Province, police say.

Officials said the raid took place before dawn on August 31 and targeted the hideout of IS militants in the district of Mastung, where militants had recently killed two police officers.

Police said suicide belts, hand grenades, and assault rifles were captured in the raid.

Pakistan's counterterrorism office did not provide further details or the nationality of the slain militants.

IS has regional affiliates in both Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

On August 22, a Pakistani Army officer was killed and two other soldiers were injured in a landmine blast in another part of Balochistan.

Balochistan has been the scene of frequent militant attacks and a long-running insurgency by groups seeking independence for the mineral- and gas-rich province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

The separatist Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for some attacks.

The Pakistan Taliban also operates in the region.

Based on reporting by AP and Radio Mashaal

Source: state-balochistan/31438163.html

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