Quetta - At least a dozen suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces during a targeted operation in Balochistan’s Kohlu district on Monday.

Reports suggested the dead militants included Jamir and Baloch Khan – commanders of the proscribed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). The fighting in Kohli's Nasau area came during a search operation carried out by Frontier Corps (FC).

A large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered as result of the operation, FC spokesman Khan Wasey said. The miscreants were involved in attacks on security forces and vital national installations in the area, he added.

Security forces have intensified their actions in Balochistan after the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.

Earlier in February, at least two suspected militants were killed and 35 others were rounded up in Quetta in a search operation, launched a day after a deadly suicide attack in the city’s red zone.

On February 6, at least 12 people, including four paramilitary FC troops, were killed and 37 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted an FC convoy in Quetta’s Adalat Road. Khurasani Group, a faction of the banned TTP had claimed responsibility for the attack.