Pakistani security forces kill 8 separatist rebels linked to attacks
QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani security forces on Saturday gunned down eight separatist rebels linked to attacks that killed 17 people this week in the restive south-western province of Baluchistan, officials said.
Provincial Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said six insurgents were killed while exchanging fire with paramilitary troops in the Mach area of Bolan district, 70km south-east of the provincial capital Quetta.
Mr Durrani said the troops surrounded the rebels' hideout and asked them to surrender, but the insurgents opened fire.
He added the separatists were linked to an attack that killed 14 people, including three security personnel, after stopping vehicles at a fake checkpoint.