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9 militant commanders of banned outfit killed in Pakistan

Two Hizbul Mujhaideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Karachi: At least nine militant commanders of a proscribed outfit, who were involved in the killing of 44 personnel from frontier works department, were killed today during a clash with paramilitary troops in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.

Frontier Corps (FC), on a tip off about the presence of militants, launched a search operation in Awaran district.

On seeing the FC personnel, the militants opened fire on them and in retaliatory fire, nine commanders of the banned outfit were killed, Geo news reported.

The FC seized large cache of arms and explosives from the possession of the militants.

The Home Department has claimed that those commanders, killed during search operation, were involved in the killing of 44 FWO personnel besides other incidents.

Though FC is meant to help in local law enforcement and carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations, its units have been recently used in military operations in Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

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