The Home Minister of Balochistan, Sarfaraz Bugti, confirmed on April 9 that 34 suspects were killed in a two-day operation conducted in the Johan area. He said the killed suspects had links to a proscribed outfit, whose key commander Abdul Ghani Bangalzai was also among the dead. A large cache of arms including hand grenades and explosives were said to be recovered during the crackdown.
The Baloch Republican Party (BRP) claims that around 40 persons were killed in military operations in different parts of Balochistan province on April 7, during which helicopters were used for aerial bombardments. Among the casualties were women and children. The Frontier Corp (FC) of the Pakistan Army was conducting a search for guerrillas from the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). During this year the FC has conducted several operations in their search for militants, during which more than 100 innocent citizens have been killed.