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16 killed in gunfight between police, gang members in Pakistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:31 PM EDT, Fri June 8, 2012
  • Police and tribesmen fought with bandits in Balochistan province, official says
  • Twelve gang members and four tribesmen were killed during the gunfight, he says
  • He says police seized two vehicles and weapons from gang members

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Sixteen people were killed during an exchange of fire between tribal police and gang members in Pakistan's troubled Balochistan province Friday, a senior administration official said.

Tufail Baloch, the deputy commissioner of Chaghi district, said police, backed by armed tribesmen, launched an operation against a gang involved in banditry and kidnapping in the area.

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"Twelve members of the gang and four tribesmen were killed during exchange of fire," he said.

Baloch said a heavy contingent of police was moved into Chaghi district to counter crime in the area. Police seized two vehicles and weapons from gang members, he said.

Journalists Syed Ali Shah and Nasir Habib contributed to this report.

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