Quetta: 2 FC men, 5 gunmen killed in Turbat gunbattle
QUETTA: Three FC personnel and five armed men were killed in a gunbattle in Turbat on Wednesday. Eight security personnel were injured.
“A heavy exchange of fire between security forces and the armed men continued for several hours on the outskirts of Turbat town,” a senior official of the local administration said.
A spokesman for the Frontier Corps said that a contingent of FC on routine patrol had been attacked in Turbat airport area in the morning. The FC personnel returned fire and chased the gunmen who took refuge in a house in the Overseas Colony.
More FC troops and policemen were called in. They cordoned off the area and asked the assailants to surrender. But the gunmen opened fire and hurled several hand grenades, killing two FC men and injuring another.
“At least over a dozen powerful explosions were heard in Turbat town,” the sources said.
They said that at least five attackers in the house were killed in the exchange of fire which continued for several hours.
The FC spokesman said that two AK47 rifles, three pistols, a 7-MM rifle, thousands of rounds, a huge quantity of explosive material and detonators were found in the house.
The sources said that one FC soldier was killed on the spot and another died in hospital.
The gunmen killed in the clash were identified as Murad Jan Gichki, Zubair Gichki, Majid Hasan, Hasil Khan and Hamal Khan. Their bodies were taken to Turbat district hospital.