Pakistani forces kill 4 TTP militants in Balochistan

By Abdul Ghani Kakar

QUETTA -- Pakistani security forces killed at least four militants, including two would-be suicide bombers, during an intelligence-based operation in Loralai District of Balochistan, officials said Tuesday (March 26).

Those killed were members of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

"As the security forces cordoned the area, militants opened fire and used grenades to impede security forces' movement. During an intense exchange of fire, all four militants were killed," ISPR said.

The militants were responsible for the March 20 attack in Ziarat District that left six Levies personnel dead, it added.

"The TTP militants were planning to attack high-value targets in the tribal Pashtun belt. The killing of these suspects is a big development, and security forces will continue this operation in other areas," Muhammad Javad, a senior Loralai-based security official, told Pakistan Forward.

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