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Security forces kill 13 militants in SW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, June 30 (KUNA) -- At least thirteen suspected militants were killed during an exchange of fire with Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday, said officials.
FC spokesman Khan Wasey in a statement said that security forces launched an operation against miscreants in different areas of Mashkay Tehsil of Awaran district during which an exchange of fire took place with suspected militants.
He claimed that thirteen militants including some key commanders of the banned outfit Balochistan Liberation Front were also killed in the operation. Security forces also recovered weapons from their possession, he added.
The spokesperson confirmed that an FC soldier was also killed and two security personnel were injured during the exchange of fire.
Resource rich Balochistan has been facing militants' insurgency for over a decade and insurgents have targeted the security forces and government installations several times. The security forces have paced up their actions against the insurgents across Balochistan following the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country. (end) sbk.mt