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A security personnel was martyred and three others were injured in an exchange of fire with suspected terrorists in Balochistan's Turbat area on Tuesday.

The deceased's identity has yet to be verified.

According to security sources, two suspects were also killed in the incident in Turbat's Buleda area.

A search operation is underway for suspects who escaped from the site shortly after the exchange of fire.

Tuesday's incident has taken place in the same area where twenty bullet-riddled bodies were found over the past week.

On Nov 15, fifteen bodies were found. The victims had been killed by unknown gunmen in the Buleda Gorak area. Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) had taken responsibility of the attack and an alleged BLF commander involved in the incident was later killed.

A few days later, on Saturday, five more bodies were found. Levies had said that the victims belonged to to Punjab's Gujrat district.

Balochistan has experienced incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. In recent months, the province has faced a number of security challenges, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.

On Nov 15, Superintendent of Police (SP) Muhammad Ilyas and three members of his family were killed in a gun attack in Quetta's Nawan Killi.

On Oct 18, eight people, including seven policemen were killed in an explosion targeting a truck carrying police officials in the Sariab Mill area of Quetta. 24 others were injured in the attack.

Fifteen people, including eight soldiers, were martyred when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta on August 13.