Eight killed in clashes with Pakistan militants

Pakistani police inspect the site of a powerful explosion that targeted a police vehicle in Quetta on 23 June 2017. Photo: BANARAS KHAN / AFP

QUETTA, Pakistan - Eight people including four security personnel were killed in three separate clashes with militants in south-west Pakistan and Karachi, officials said on Tuesday.

In a major attack on Monday, militants ambushed a Frontier Corps convoy in Panjgoor district of Balochistan province, killing three personnel including a lieutenant colonel and wounding three others.

Nobody has so far claimed the attack in Panjgoor, but a security official said it was presumably carried out by Baloch separatists.

In a separate incident, police in the southern city of Karachi killed four suspected Pakistani Taliban militants in a shootout.

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"We have killed four militants including a cousin of the chief of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Maulvi Fazlullah in an exchange of fire," Rao Anwar Ahmed, a senior police official in Karachi, told AFP.

"We had raided a hideout in Malir area but it led to the shootout," he said.

In another incident in Karachi, suspected militants killed a police official and wounded another when they raided a house to detain a suspect for an assassination attempt on an MP, which took place on Saturday.

Two people - a 10-year-old boy and a security guard - were killed in that attack.

Pakistan has been battling Islamist, ethnic and political insurgencies for decades but violence has been reduced in recent years following military operations across the country.


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