FC Counters 13 Militants of Laborers Massacre
QUETTA: In an operation to apprehend the perpetrators of Saturdays' massacre of 20 laborers Security Forces killed at least 13 suspected militants on Monday near Turbat in Balochistan’s Kech district.
Acting on a tip-off, Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and intelligence agencies forces carried out a raid against alleged militants in Gogdan, an area situated at a distance of 15 kilometres from Turbat. In the gun battle that ensued, 13 suspected militants were killed and these allegedly include those involved in the latest attack on labourers in the province.
According to security officials, levies and police personnel were also called over in wake of the encounter.
Twenty construction workers were killed and three others were injured on Saturday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in a pre-dawn attack on a labourers’ camp near Turbat.
The victims belonged to Sindh and Punjab, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti had said at the time, adding that they were working for a private construction company and building a bridge over a stream in Gogdan.
The attack also saw security forces launching a massive operation in Turbat in pursuit of the killers.
Turbat is considered as among the sensitive districts in Balochistan. It is also the home town of Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch.
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