Three militants detonate suicide jackets during crossfire with security forces, also killing two women.
At least three Taliban militants and two women were killed during a pre-dawn raid by security forces in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, officials said.
Security forces surrounded a house on a tip-off that members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were living in a neighborhood of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, they said. “Militants hurled eight hand grenades and fired at security forces wounding at least 15 security personnel,” said Abdul Wasay, spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps. “The siege continued for about four hours and ended when three militants blew themselves up.”
Senior police official Fayyaz Sumbal confirmed the raid and added that bodies of two women were also recovered from the room of the house where the men blew themselves up.
Police are investigating when the group moved to the area and what they had been doing or were planning to do, he said.
In May 2011 police and Frontier Corps opened fire on four unarmed Russians and a Tajik, saying they were suicide bombers who attacked a checkpoint in Kharotabad on the outskirts of Quetta. A subsequent judicial commission found that the Tajik and the Russians, three of whom were women and one of whom was pregnant, were unarmed. It sacked two police officials over the killings.