Official: Pakistani forces kill 4 militants in shootout

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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A spokesman says Pakistani security forces have shot and killed four members of the Pakistani Taliban in a shootout in the country’s southwest. Thursday’s fighting took place on the outskirts of Quetta, the provincial capita of Baluchistan. The provincial counter-terrorism department. says the militants were from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, as the Pakistani Taliban are known. The department also said officers seized explosives and weapons. Baluchistan province’s secessionist groups have staged a long-running insurgency to push for independence from the central government. The Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State group also have a presence there.

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