Four militants affiliated with the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) were killed in clashes with Pakistani security forces in Pangjur district (Balochistan province) that began on Saturday night (local time), April 25, and carried on until Sunday afternoon, April 26. According to reports, following drawn-out clashes between the militants and the Pakistani Army, who were joined by local militia forces, the security forces withdrew for air support to bombard the militants' position. There are unconfirmed reports that fatalities and injuries were also inflicted on the security forces during the fighting.
Similar clashes between security forces and militants are possible in Balochistan province over the near term
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 northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Individuals in Balochistan province are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities.
Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan as foreign nationals, and Westerners, in particular, may be directly targeted.
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