Jan 25, 2014, 2:22 PM
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Three killed by security forces in SW Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 25, IRNA – Three people were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in southwestern Balochistan province, local media quoted sources as saying on Saturday.

Sources said the action was ongoing since Friday, adding that during the search conducted in the area, security forces surrounded a compound from where armed men started shooting.

The exchange of fire lasted for several hours during which the armed men also attempted to escape.

Three of the men were killed in retaliatory fire from security forces who recovered two Klashnikovs, a pistol and other ammunition from the compound.

Balochistan has been under the grip of sectarian violence and attacks by Baloch separatists and unknown elements for over a decade, with scores of people having lost their lives in sectarian bombings and target killings.