QUETTA, Pakistan – One soldier has been killed and six insurgents have died after an overnight operation in Pakistan’s volatile Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan, the army said on Saturday.
The army said in a statement that during exchanges of fire with separatists in the Hoshab area of Kech district, another soldier was injured.
The operation was launched after government forces received reports that an insurgent group was driving motorbikes from Kech to Mastung. The insurgents opened fire and the resulting exchange with the army resulted in the deaths of six insurgents and one soldier.
Troops seized weapons and ammunition carried by the dead insurgents and a search and clearance operation was underway on Saturday.
For nearly two decades, Balochistan has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by the Balochistan Liberation Army and other separatist groups demanding independence from the central government in Islamabad. The government says it has suppressed the insurgency, but violence in the province has persisted.