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Pakistani Force 'Kills Militants Behind Deadly Dam Attack'

Abdul Malik, chief minister of Balochistan (sixth from left, along with Pakistan Army soldiers and locals, attends a funeral prayer for the victims of a gunmen attack on a construction site, in Turbat, Balochistan, on April 11.

A Pakistani security force claims to have killed the militants who carried out a deadly attack on construction workers at a dam site over the weekend.

In a statement sent to RFE/RL on April 13, the Frontier Corps said it had killed at least 13 suspected militants in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

It said the dead included the militants who killed 20 workers at the dam site on April 11.

The accuracy of the statement from the Frontier Corps, the main state security force in Balochistan, could not immediately be verified independently.

It said that militants were members of the banned separatist Baloch Liberation Front (BLF).

Resource-rich Balochistan has been the site of simmering separatist conflict involving nationalist and separatist Baluch groups that want complete autonomy from Islamabad.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP