Four suspected terrorists were killed during an exchange of fire with the Frontier Constabulary (FC) troops late Saturday night after they attacked a post in Zhob, Balochistan, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The terrorists fired rockets and used machine guns during the attack on Shoaib Nikka post in the Qamar din Kerez area of Zhob, said the army's media wing. The FC troops, however, foiled the attack, killing four terrorists, said ISPR.

Balochistan has faced a number of security challenges in recent months, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions. Recently, police and security forces launched a crackdown in Quetta and adjoining areas, arresting 98 suspects after the target-killing spree that claimed five lives over a 24-hour period.

Earlier on Saturday, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat said that Pakistan knew that Indian intelligence agency RAW was operating from Afghanistan to create unrest in Balochistan and other parts of the country.

“Pakistan is fully aware of threats from hostile intelligence agencies, especially RAW. These hostile agencies are operating from Afghanistan and other locations to create unrest in Pakistan in general and Balochistan in particular. Their designs/actions to sabotage the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor are also well known,” he said.

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