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16 May 2019 | 08:01 PM UTC

Pakistan: Security forces kill nine IS militants in Mastung district May 16

Pakistan News Alert

Security forces kill nine Islamic State (IS) militants in Mastung district (Balochistan province) May 16, with four members of security forces wounded; similar security operations possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Mastung district

Event

Pakistani security forces killed nine Islamic State (IS) militants in a security operation in Mastung district (Balochistan province) on Thursday, May 16. Four members of security forces were wounded in the raid. Arms and ammunition stockpiled by IS militants were seized in the operation.

Similar security operations are possible in the area over the near term.

Context

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Advice

Individuals in Balochistan province are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity, report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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