Pakistani forces kill five Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants: Officials

AFP | Published: 05th December 2016 07:04 PM
(File Photo for representational purpose only | AP) People help victims of a bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan.

QUETTA: Pakistani paramilitary forces Monday killed five members of a Sunni militant outfit notorious for sectarian attacks and  linked to the Islamic State group, officials said.

Frontier Corps troops stormed a compound in the southwestern province of Balochistan and killed them in a gunfight, paramilitary spokesman Khan Wasay told AFP.

The militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which works both with Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, he said.

Provincial home secretary Akbar Harifal confirmed the details of the clash in the village of Huramzai in Pashin district, 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the provincial capital Quetta.

The LeJ has claimed responsibility for some of the most brazen attacks on minority Shiites in Pakistan's recent history, and had also turned its guns on government forces in recent years.

Separately, security forces arrested 10 Baloch separatists after a gunfight in Khuzdar district, provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti told AFP.

Mineral-rich Balochistan province has been plagued for decades by a separatist insurgency and sectarian killings.

In August a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar wing of the Pakistani Taliban killed 73 people, including many of the city's lawyer community. They had gone there to mourn the fatal shooting of a colleague.

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