Nine terrorists killed in Mastung operation

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Staff Report

Sadiqabad

At least nine terrorists were killed while four security forces personnel were wounded in a Counter-terrorism Department operation in Balochistan’s Mastung.

According to CTD officials, the search operation has been completed in the area. The bodies of terrorists have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for identification.

CTD said that a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were discovered from terrorists’ possession.

Balochistan — Pakistan’s largest province in terms of land area — has long been plagued by an insurgency and targetted killings. However, security forces have conducted effective operations across the province cracking down on militants in recent years.

Following the beginning of Operation Raddul Fasaad, security forces intensified intelligence-based and combing operations in an effort to establish peace in the province.

This has led to a considerable drop in militancy in the province but scattered attacks do take place there at times, with security personnel often seizing arms and ammunition dumped in far-flung areas.

Separately, At least 20 people were injured in an explosion that took place inside the building of a private bank on National Highway in Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan.

Rescue 1122 officials reached the site of the blast as the news broke. The building where the blast took place collapsed partially.

Deputy Commissioner Sadiqabad Jameel Ahmed Jameel has declared an emergency in the DHQ and Sheikh Zaid Hospital.

Initial reports suggest that the blast occurred due to a gas cylinder explosion, DPO Sadiqabad said.  Police have cordoned off the area and launched an investigation.

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar took notice of the incident and summoned a report within 24 hours. He also directed concerned authorities to provide the best medical facilities to those injured in the explosion.