3 FC men, 5 outlaws die in gunfight (Pakistan)

QUETTA (Agencies) - Three paramilitary soldiers and five outlaws have been killed in a gunfight in Balochistan town of Dalbandin, officials said on Saturday.


The shootout happened near the town of Dalbandin, bordering Iran and Afghanistan, after the FC personnel raided a house, acting on a tip-off, they said.

"Three of our soldiers were killed and seven others were injured when criminals hiding in a house opened fire during a raid," Frontier Corps chief officer Saleem Nawaz said.

"Up to five criminals died when soldiers retaliated and they have captured a body and a seriously wounded suspect."

Nawaz did not confirm reports that the outlaws had links to militant outfit Jundallah based in the bordering areas of Iran.

"We have also received some reports about it, but we cannot confirm (the militant connection) as investigations have just started," he said.

Meanwhile, two persons were killed in landmine explosions.

A seven-year-old boy Muhammad Eidan was killed on the spot in a landmine explosion near Jaffarabad while his father Ghulam Muhammad was injured who was shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

There was report of huge landmine explosion near Dera Bugti Grid Station. There are reports that one person was killed in the incident. There was also report of an explosion in Naseerabad, however, no details were received.

Unknown miscreants blew up 24-diameter gas pipeline supplying gas to Uch power plant and supply was suspended to the plant.

The law enforcement agencies registered separate cases and started investigations.

In Mastung, unknown gunmen kidnapped Director General Minerals Balochistan Chaudhry Irfan along with his driver on gunpoint from Kalat in the wee hours of Saturday, the officials said.

According to reports, Irfan was on his way to Hub from Quetta when unknown gunmen kidnapped him along with his driver and official vehicle. Area police started search for the recovery of the abducted official.

Von: 6.4.2008, www.nation.com.pk

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