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QUETTA: Several armed men and a Frontier Corps soldier were killed in clashes during a search operation in various areas of Mashkay subdivision of Awaran district on Tuesday.

Official sources said the FC had launched the operation in Jebri, Mahi and mountainous area of Mashkay after the killing of its two soldiers in a recent attack in Mashkay.

According to a spokesman of the FC, troops cordoned off the area and launched the operation on the orders of the provincial government after the banned Baloch Liberation Front had killed two FC personnel.

He said an FC convoy was going from Khuzdar to Mashkay when it was attacked.

During the search operation, he said, FC troops raided various hideouts and killed a number of terrorists.

“An FC contingent raided various hideouts in Mashkay and adjoining areas, killed many BLF men, destroyed their two camps and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition,” officials said, adding that the FC personnel also collected some evidence from the hideouts.

A soldier of the FC was killed and five others injured in a clash. “Many armed men of BLF have been killed in the gun battle in Mahi and Jebri areas of Mashkay,” they claimed.

The FC did not say how many BLF men had been killed, but sources claimed that over a dozen terrorists died and many others were injured in a heavy exchange of fire.

The sources said that around a dozen suspected BLF men had been arrested.

They also said that the gun battle was continuing in the Mahi area.

FC officials said that BLF’s terrorists and criminal groups were involved in target killings, bomb blasts, kidnappings for ransom and other heinous crimes. “These elements are harassing the area and are involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan” he said, adding that the criminals would be brought to justice.

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Sabih
Dec 26, 2012 01:40pm
Gud FC.Keep it up
Nony
Dec 26, 2012 04:27am
Why we do not talk about national consensus before launching any operation in Balochistan ??? When it comes to act against the brutalities of TTP and other religious extremists then our forces are too reluctant why ??? However, the damage caused by TTP and other religious extremists is far more than what others have caused collectively !!! HYPOCRICY
Zafar Baloch
Dec 26, 2012 04:36am
The families suffering their. the women and children. my question is where is human right source ,they call them self, the saver of human right.
Najam Nawaz Saqib
Dec 26, 2012 01:29pm
May Allah help our forces to come up successful in restoring peace in Awaran and whole Balochistan by eliminating the menace of BLA, BLF and BRA. Ameen.
YHS
Dec 26, 2012 05:35am
If negotiation with taliban is possible, why not with Balochs ?
gloriousAllah
Dec 26, 2012 06:12am
The army, ISI, FC have ruined my country. Ya Allah, can't these people let us decide and rule the country. Killing my fellow muslim brothers, there is no greater sin than this......
jahanzeb Warraich
Dec 26, 2012 06:31am
Great Job Of FC,Keep working like that to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan
Ayaz
Dec 26, 2012 06:46am
Is government really serious?I
DGK
Dec 26, 2012 06:52am
Negotiation with whom those people who are killing the innocent peoples?
Dr. Baig
Dec 26, 2012 02:32pm
About time, you cannot sit idle while murders set fire to the country. The courts have woken up and the army is taking a back seat. FC should crack down hard, the BLA or BLF are in retreat mop them up
Balochi Cynic
Dec 26, 2012 07:51am
Lies.