Provincial home minister says 30 members of Baloch Republican Army, one paramilitary killed in fresh operation.
Balochistan province’s home minister said on Thursday that paramilitary forces had killed at least 30 separatist rebels as part of a fresh operation to quell a long-running insurgency.
The operation was carried out in the Dera Bugti area. “The forces surrounded the militants early morning on Thursday. It culminated with the killing of 30 militants and arrest of three others,” said Sarfraz Bugti. The death toll could not be independently confirmed.
According to Bugti, one paramilitary was killed and five wounded during the action. “We have recovered 350 kilograms of explosive material and 300 kilograms of landmines,” he said.
Bugti said the militants were members of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and two main commanders were also killed in the operation. “Two of the BRA commanders were also killed during the action. The forces also freed two local Bugti men kidnapped for ransom by the militants,” he added.
Resource-rich Balochistan is home to a long-running separatist conflict that was revived in 2004, with nationalists seeking to stop what they see as the exploitation of the region’s natural resources and alleged rights abuses.