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Five Frontier Corps (FC) personnel lost their lives in Balochistan's Kharan District on Saturday when a trawler they were chasing — which was reportedly carrying smuggled Iranian petrol — rammed into their vehicle, killing all on board, sources in the FC said.

A search operation has been launched in the area for the apprehension of the trawler's driver, who had managed to escape the crime scene.

The bodies of the five deceased were sent to a nearby hospital.