Baloch Freedom Fighters smashed Pakistani Army, 35 Pak commandos dead
We are pleased to inform you that the armed aggression launched by Paki military men on 3rd of this month against Bugti Baloch was completely doomed by Bugti Baloch, and inflicted heavy losses in men and material upon Punjabi soldiers. The latest reports received from battle front indicate that Paki enemy was dreaming to kill Baloch veteran leader Nawab Akber Khan Bugti and destroy Baloch liberation movement once for all;. They were not aware that Baloch would fight till end and would never either surrender or get their leader killed by enemy forces.
JWP chief says his militia killed 30-35 commandos, shot down 2 helicopters
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LAHORE: Tribal chief Nawab Akbar Bugti rejected the government’s claims of having killed 31 militants in a recent operation in Dera Bugti, saying that his private militia had instead inflicted severe damage on security forces.
PAKISTANI FORCES SUFFER HEAVY LOSE IN BALOCHISTAN.
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Tribal rebels in Pakistan's Balochistan province have denied claims that Pakistani troops killed 31 of their fighters in attacks this week.
Some rebels had been injured in the clashes and security forces had now withdrawn from the Dera Bugti area, spokesmen for the tribesmen said.
Conflicting accounts of battle in Pakistan
Military says it killed 31 insurgents; tribal leaders deny toll, say they shot down a helicopter
By Naseer Kakar
QUETTA, Pakistan - Security forces killed 31 fighters in an offensive against renegade Baluch tribesmen in southwestern Pakistan, officials said Thursday.
An aide of a top Baluch tribal leader, however, denied it, and said his militia had shot down a military helicopter -- a claim rejected by the government.
It was not immediately possible to reconcile the conflicting accounts of Wednesday's fighting near Dera Bugti, a remote town about 210 miles southeast of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province.
Thousands of security forces have been deployed to battle the long-running insurgency in tribal regions of Pakistan's poorest province.
Tribesmen are demanding more royalties for natural gas extracted from their lands and oppose government moves to establish new military garrisons.
Abdur Raziq Bugti, the provincial government spokesman, said security forces on the ground, backed by helicopter gunships, targeted hideouts of militants accused of blowing up gas pipelines and attacking officials.
He said that intercepts of communications among the militants -- who are led by prominent Baluch chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti -- indicated that 31 fighters had been killed.
Security forces also seized a cache of weapons, including rockets and land mines, but did not recover any bodies of dead militants, he said.
Wadera Alam Khan, a close aide of Akbar Bugti, denied any tribal fighters were killed.
"The helicopters bombed uninhabited mountainous areas that did not cause us any casualties. The government claims are based on lies," Khan said by phone from Dera Bugti.
"Our resistance fighters fired at and shot down a helicopter, and we are sure that all those flying in it have been killed," he said -- although he offered no evidence to back up the claim.
The provincial government spokesman, and a military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not have the authority to make media comments, said no helicopter had been shot down in the operation.
The government offensive this year has forced renegade chieftain Akbar Bugti from his redoubt in Dera Bugti and into hiding in arid mountains.
The violence has raised fears of a repeat of an uprising that rocked Baluchistan in the 1970s, when thousands died in a large-scale military operation against rebellious tribesmen.