Security forces have killed at least 12 ‘hardcore’ terrorists in a major operation in Mastung district of Balochistan that continued for two days, the military’s media wing said on Sunday.
“As part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, security forces conducted an IBO [intelligence-based operation] in Splinji, Mastung, over the last two days, successfully foiling major terrorist activities in Balochistan,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. “Twelve hardcore terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire. Five security officials, including two officers, were also injured,” it added.
According to the ISPR, the terrorists were hiding inside a cave to plan, coordinate and execute terrorist activities in the province, according to the statement.
However, security officials told The Express Tribune that the operation was carried out on the basis of a tip-off that terrorists affiliated with a banned militant group were keeping kidnapped Chinese nationals in the cave.