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10 militants killed in clash with FC troops

17 January, 2012

QUETTA: At least ten militants were killed and several others injured during a clash with Frontier Corps (FC) troops in Behlol area near Chamalang Coalfield on Monday.

According to sources, security personnel were establishing a checkpost near Behlol when militants opened fire. FC personnel then returned fire, killing ten attackers and injuring several others. Behlol is the area where 15 FC men, including a major, were killed by a group of militants in an ambush about a month ago.

However, according to a report from Chamalang, security forces launched a fresh operation in the area against the Marri militants. The report says that scores of suspects were also arrested during the operation and were shifted to undisclosed locations for questioning.

According to a FC press release issued on Monday, security forces have cleared the Behlol area and the coalmine project will be started soon. Chamalang Coalfield is considered one of most prestigious projects of the Pakistan Army and has been operating under heavy security for the past few years.

FC personnel are providing an outer cordon to the coalfield area ensuring security of the workforce, including engineers and officials. However, it came under attack from the Marri tribes, who oppose the project.


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