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Pakistan says 11 Islamic State militants killed in raid

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism police say 11 militants of the Islamic State group had been killed in a raid in restive southwestern Baluchistan province

QUETTA, Pakistan — Pakistan’s counter-terrorism models raided a hideout of the Islamic State group within the restive southwestern Baluchistan province earlier than daybreak on Tuesday, setting off a shootout that killed 11 militants, the police mentioned.

The models, performing on intelligence, carried out the raid within the district of Mastung, the place IS militants had not too long ago killed two cops. The police mentioned suicide belts, hand grenades and assault rifles had been confiscated within the raid.

The counter-terrorism division offered no additional particulars and the nationality of the slain militants was not instantly identified. The counter-terrorism police is a particular department of the police that fights militant teams.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province the place IS group has claimed a number of assaults lately. IS has regional associates in each Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

Baluchistan can also be the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch separatist teams, which have additionally focused non-Baluch laborers. Nonetheless, in contrast to IS, they haven’t any historical past of assaults on the minority Shiite group.

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