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Pakistan security forces kill 5 militants in Balochistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The AFP file photo shows members of the Pakistani Frontier Corps.

Pakistani border forces on Saturday killed five suspected militants belonging to an outlawed separatist group in the country’s southwestern Balochistan Province.

Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti said the paramilitary Frontier Corps killed the suspected militants overnight in an operation near the provincial capital, Quetta.

Bugti identified the slain commander of the group as Abdul Mannan, saying he was a medical doctor who took part in terrorist operations for the separatist group named as the Baloch Nationalist Movement.

The group had allegedly been involved in terrorist attacks on security forces.

Baloch nationalists in Pakistan have been fighting the central government for years, demanding independence for the restive region.

Pakistani paramedics treat an injured Frontier Corps member in a hospital after a bomb explosion in Quetta on December 12, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Last month, one Pakistani soldier died and four others were injured in a bomb explosion at a paramilitary checkpoint in Quetta.

Pakistan’s mineral and gas-rich Balochistan Province is rife with separatist, extremist and sectarian violence and has been the scene of numerous terrorist attacks over the past years.

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