Islamabad: At least six militants were killed and several injured when Pakistani security forces launched an operation in Balochistan province on Friday afternoon. The dead included two suicide bombers who blew themselves up when the forces surrounded them.

During the operation at Loralai in Balochistan, the militants opened fire at the troops and six insurgents were killed, Dawn online reported citing Frontier Corps spokesperson Khan Wasey.

Wasey said the troops recovered explosive material including detonators and suicide jackets from the hideout of the killed militants.

Located in northeast Balochistan, Loralai is a hotbed of insurgent attacks.

The latest figures on operations being carried out by civilian and military agencies across Pakistan reveal that 10,616 people have been arrested on various charges since the launch of the National Action Plan (NAP).

The NAP was launched after the December 16 brutal attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban militants on an army-run school in Peshawar, which left more than 140 students and staff dead.