QUETTA: A suspected terrorist was killed and two others were injured in an exchange of fire during an operation in Sibi, officials said.

In a statement issued here on Friday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the armed forces, said that an intelligence-based operation (IBO) was initiated on March 30 to intercept a group of terrorists operating in the Noshman area, south of Sibi. The terrorists were linked with targeting of civilians in the area besides harassment of coal mine owners.

Based on credible information, multiple ambushes had been laid along different routes in the area frequented by terrorists for two days, the ISPR said.

Resultantly, it added, a party of three terrorists was intercepted while moving towards their hideout. On being blocked, they opened fire on to the security forces. During the ensuing exchange of fire, one terrorist was killed and two others were injured, it said, adding that a cache of arms and ammunition was seized from their possession.

“Pakistan Army, in step with the nation, remains determined to thwart attempts at sabotaging peace, stability and progress of Balochistan,” the ISPR said.

Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2023

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