Ten insurgents killed in Balochistan: officials

By AFP
Published: February 14, 2016
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An undated photo shows Baloch rebels holding their weapons as they pose for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Balochistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

An undated photo shows Baloch rebels holding their weapons as they pose for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Balochistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: At least ten insurgents were killed and 12 others arrested in an operation by paramilitary troops in Balochistan, officials said Saturday.

The incident occurred in Sangan area of Kahlu district, some 180 kilometres (112 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta.

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“The frontier corps (paramilitary force) had launched an operation against insurgents of the Baloch Liberation Army in Sangan area since Friday and gradually closed on them Saturday evening, killing 10 insurgents and destroying three training camps,” Anwaar Kakar, spokesperson for the provincial government told AFP.

The provincial home minister Sarfaraz Bugti said 12 insurgents were also arrested, adding that a local leader of the Baloch Liberation Army was among the dead.

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Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but least developed and most sparsely populated province, has been wrecked for decades by a insurgency that was revived in 2004.

The separatists believe that locals do not receive a fair share of the province’s energy and mineral wealth, while rights groups accuse the government of extra judicial detentions and the killing of activists.

The province is also blighted by religious extremists, banditry and sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

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  • Hameed
    Feb 14, 2016 - 10:57AM

    The separatists believe that locals do not receive a fair share of the province’s energy and mineral wealth, while rights groups accuse the government of extra judicial detentions and the killing of activists.

    This is so true but bigger province just wants to steal everything and then calls Baluchis wrong. Same story is being repeated in other smaller provinces.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Feb 14, 2016 - 1:37PM

    The Justification of these so called Baloch Separatist out of the box that they are not getting their due share, Dears, if this is the case then this is happening in the whole country, so it doesn’t mean everyone will take guns and start retaliating against Government. Time has come for these so called separatist to have direct discussion and boycott this insurgency.Recommend

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