13 militants killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, June 30 (IANS) At least 13 militants were killed in an exchange of fire with Frontier Corps (FC) troops in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Tuesday, an official said.

Security forces launched an operation against rebels in different areas of Mashkay tehsil of Awaran district during which an exchange of fire took place, Dawn quoted FC spokesman Khan Wasey as saying.

Subsequently 13 militants were killed. “Some key commanders were also killed in the action,” Wasey said.

Security forces also recovered weapons from their possession.

An FC soldier was killed and two security personnel were also injured during the exchange of fire, the FC spokesman added.

Security forces have intensified their operations in provincial capital Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the December 16, 2014 announcement of the National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.

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