Pakistani forces kill militant commander involved in killing 100 people: army

Pakistan kills senior Lashkar-e Jhangvi militant in Baluchistan raid

Pakistan kills senior Lashkar-e Jhangvi militant in Baluchistan raid

Pakistan's army often has to fight Islamist militants.

Pakistan's navy says safety forces have raided a militant hideout, triggering a shootout wherein an intelligence officer and a infamous militant needed for over 100 deaths of minority Shiites have been killed together with two different suspects.

The military says Wednesday's raid was carried out on a tip in Killi Almas village near Quetta, the capital of troubled Baluchistan province.

Hours later, five suicide bombers tried to drive a vehicle laden with ammunition and explosives into a military facility in the Quetta city on Thursday, the army said.

Many of them were killed in attacks blamed on LeJ and ISIS. "He wasn't our member", he said in a statement.

Several Islamist militant groups are active in Balochistan, including the Taleban and local affiliates of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. Both groups claimed responsibility for an attack on lawyers in Quetta past year that killed more than 70 people.

Earlier this month members of the Hazara community went on a hunger strike in Quetta to protest a recent spate of killings targeting them and to demand greater protection in the resource-rich province that has been plagued by violence and insurgency.

Bajwa said on Thursday the army was determined to "sacrifice anything and everything" to defend the country.

During the intense exchange of fire, senior military officer Col. Sohail Abid of the Military Intelligence also lost his life while four other soldiers got injured.

Violence in Balochistan is a worry for China, which has voiced concerns about security in the province that hosts a key route in the US$57-billion (RM226 billion) China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar.

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