South Asia

Pakistani security forces kill four militants in northwest operations

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani security forces killed four militants in an overnight raid on a hideout in the country’s northwest, near the border with Afghanistan, the military announced Tuesday.

The operation, based on intelligence, uncovered a cache of weapons, ammunition, and explosives in Dera Ismail Khan, a district within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to a military statement.

Such raids are a common response to insurgent threats, but this particular action followed an attempted infiltration by militants from the outlawed Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) into a navy air base in Baluchistan province.

The military reported that a shootout in Turbat district resulted in the death of a soldier and four attackers on Tuesday, with no damage to the Siddiqui air station.

The BLA, which claimed responsibility for the air base attack, has been designated as a terrorist organization by Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.