Pakistan army attacks militant hideouts

Dec. 22, 2005 at 10:55 AM
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NEW DELHI, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Pakistani army helicopters launched a massive attack on two training camps in Baluchistan province where tribal youths were being given armed training.

According to The Asian Age newspaper Thursday, the militants retaliated by opening fire on Pakistani troops.

"The troops seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition from the suspected militant hideouts near Kohlu, a town east of Quetta, capital of the Pakistani state of Baluchistan," said Hassan Jamil, Pakistani military spokesman.

Jamil said eight rockets landed near the troops' bases in three separate locations, one in Kohlu and the two others in nearby areas. He said there were no casualties.

Following demands from the international community that Pakistan dismantle all terrorist infrastructure on its soil, Islamabad has been taking steps to eliminate camps where militants are given weapons training.

A report from Quetta said tensions have gripped the region since last week, when suspected militants fired rockets at Kohlu.

"Militants have targeted security forces, railway lines, oil and gas fields and government buildings in Baluchistan as a part of their campaign against the government's move to establish a new military establishment in Baluchistan," Jamil said.

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