QUETTA, (Dawn): At least 16 security personnel, including an officer, were injured during a search operation in Quetta’s Kali Barat area on Thursday.
The casualties occurred during a security forces’ search operation which turned into a clash. Militants attacked the forces with hand grenades and opened fire on them, resulting in the injuries.
Moreover, militants blew themselves up to avoid arrest during the shootout. The explosion is also said to have killed members of the militants’ families. Subsequently, the bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.
Personnel from the Frontier Corps (FC), Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF), Balochistan police and intelligence agencies participated in the operation which started at 5 am.
Security forces declared the area ‘clear’ after the operation concluded.