Counter-terrorism police units raided a hideout of the Islamic State group in a southwestern Balochistan province before dawn on Tuesday, setting off a shootout that killed 11 militants, the police said.
The units, following up on intelligence, conducted the attack in the region of Mastung, where IS militants had as of late killed two cops. The police said suicide belts, hand grenades and assault rifles were seized in the strike. Quetta is the capital of the Balochistan province where IS has committed several attacks in the past few years.
ID has provincial members in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Balochistan is additionally the location of a low-level insurrection by Baluch dissident gatherings, which have targeted non-Baluch workers. In contrast to IS, they have no set of experiences of assaults on the minority Shiite community.
“The counter-terrorism department provided no further details and the nationality of the slain militants was not immediately known” (The Washington Post) The counter-terrorism police is a special branch of the police that fights militant groups (Pakistan Today).
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