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Four terrorists belonging to a banned outfit were killed in an operation in the outskirts of Quetta by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday.

According to details, after receiving a tip-off that terrorists are present at a hideout, the CTD conducted a raid in the Marwarh area which is approximately 60 km away from the provincial capital.

During the raid, terrorists opened fire at security personnel. The law-enforcement agency officials returned the fire during which four terrorists were killed.

According to the CTD spokesperson, six to eight terrorists managed to escape from the scene. A man hunt is going on to arrest them.

The CTD officials have recovered a huge quantity of explosive material and arms from the hideout of the terrorists. Further investigations are underway.

Earlier on the day, a soldier of the Pakistan Army was martyred as militants attacked troops stationed near the Turbat International Airport.

The terrorists attacked the Pakistan Army troops, who were on security duty near the airport, with small arms, confirmed the ISPR.

The martyred soldier, Naik Aqeel Abbas, was a resident of village Mehro Peelo in District Chakwal.

"Such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by anti-state forces cannot sabotage hard-earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan," stated the ISPR.

Last week four FC personnel embraced martyrdom and eight others were wounded in two separate terrorist attacks in Quetta and Turbat.

In the first incident, the FC post near Pir Ismail Ziarat was targeted by terrorists, the Pakistan Army's media wing had said at the time.