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Pakistan Army Claims Successful Operation Against IS-Linked Militants

FILE: Security officers collect evidence after a bomb attack in Mastung on May 12.

Pakistan's military says it has foiled an attempt by militants linked to the extremist group Islamic State (IS) to establish a base in the southwestern region of Balochistan.

The army said five soldiers were wounded and 12 "hard-core terrorists" of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami extremist group were killed in a three-day operation earlier this month in a mountainous area near Mastung district.

The June 1-3 operation "successfully denied the establishment of any direct or indirect IS-organized infrastructure in Pakistan," a statement said.

It said a bomb-making facility was destroyed and explosives, suicide bombing vests, grenades, and other weapons were seized.

The operation came after IS militants claimed responsibility for a suicide attack targeting a Pakistani lawmaker last month in the Mastung district in which 25 people were killed.

Based on reporting by AP and Dawn

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