At least 34 militants and one soldier were killed in two-days of clashes in Pakistan’s restive south-western province of Balochistan, an official said on Saturday.
The forces were fighting Baloch nationalist insurgents in the Kalat district, according to Provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti.
“Thirty-four militants of United Baloch Army or BLA militant outfit were killed,” he told media. “One soldier was also killed and another two injured.”
Baloch nationalists have been fighting government forces for well over a decade for greater control over local mineral resources. Some of the hardliners among them demand the province's separation from Pakistan.