Baloch insurgent leader killed in Awaran operation
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The outlawed Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) leader has reportedly been killed during a counterinsurgency operation in southwestern Balochistan province, a minister announced on Tuesday.
Home Minister Safaraz Bugti told journalists in Quetta: “According to unverified reports, Dr. Allah Nazar has been killed ... I say unverified because we have not yet received any evidence of his being alive…”
Frontier Corps troops have conducted a string of operations in different parts of the province, but the BLF chief is said to have been killed in Awaran district. Nazar Baloch had been blamed for attacking security forces and vital installations for over a decade.
Hailing from a middle-class family from the Mashkay area of Awaran, he was the only insurgent leader engaged in fighting on the ground in Balochistan.
“According to intelligence reports, Nazar has been killed during an operation in Awaran,” the minister said. “The offensive was a success as many key militants were killed.”
The security forces also detained seven terrorists belonging to banned organisations and seized recovered arms along with 600 international SIM cards and 1000 antennas, Bugti claimed.
He said that the suspected terrorists were using Indian, Afghan, Iranian and European SIMs to carry out disruptive activities in the province. The detainees ate under investigation.
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