QUETTA - Security forces killed five suspected militants and injured six in Balochistan's Mastung district on Sunday morning, said Spokesman Frontier Corps Khan Wasey.

The forces were backed by helicopters from the interior ministry during the search operation.

Wasey said the miscreants were involved in attacks on security forces and had recently torched five oil tankers carrying fuel for Saindak Project in the area. The miscreants belonged to a banned outfit, he added.

The attackers, suspected to be Baloch separatists, had also kidnapped four drivers of the oil tankers.

This incident occurred a day after security forces killed four suspected militants in Mangochar area of Kalat on Saturday evening.

Security forces had launched a search operation in the area in the aftermath of attacks on oil tankers carrying fuel for a Chinese company working on the Saindak Project in Balochistan's Chaghi district.

Mastung is considered to be a sensitive district in Balochistan. Security forces have been targets of militants in the district for over a decade, with occasional attacks on railway tracks to disrupt services and cause unrest. Members of the Hazara Shia community in Mastung have also been targeted in the past.

In another incident, a man was injured in an incident of firing at Tareen Road area of provincial capital on Sunday.

According to police, the victim Abdul Sattar was on way to home on a motorbike when unidentified armed men opened fire on him, leaving him injured and fled from the scene.

The injured was rushed to the civil hospital. Police registered a case and started investigation.

Meanwhile, unidentified armed men shot dead a driver of tractor in Goth Ghaffar near Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad district on Sunday.

According to police, three armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire at the tractor driver Muhammad Panah due to an old enmity and fled from the scene. As a result, he died on the spot.

The body of the deceased was handed over to the heirs after legal formalities.

Police registered a case and started investigation.

BOY DIES IN ROAD MISHAP

An 11-year-old boy was killed in a road mishap near Kuchlak, 25 km away from provincial capital on Sunday.

According to police, the victim was crossing the road when a vehicle hit him due to overspeeding. As a result, he died on the spot. The body was shifted to civil hospital for legal formalities. The identity of the victim could not be ascertained so far.

Police have registered a case.