Pakistani police kill 9 suspected militants in raid

Pakistan hospital staff collect information of alleged terrorists killed by security forces, at mortuary in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Pakistani police say security forces acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout in the town ofThe Associated Press
Pakistan hospital staff collect information of alleged terrorists killed by security forces, at mortuary in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Pakistani police say security forces acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout in the town of Mastung in southwestern Baluchistan province, triggering a shootout that killed many suspects. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Pakistani police say security forces acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout in the town of Mastung in southwestern Baluchistan province, triggering a shootout that killed nine suspects.

In a statement, police said four officers were also wounded in Thursday's shootout.

The statement provided no further details, but the raid comes days after a bomb attached to a motorcycle killed four police guarding a mosque in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility at the time.

Baluchistan province has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region's natural resources such as gas and oil. The province has also witnessed attacks claimed by Sunni Muslim militants.

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