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Islamic State says it killed Chinese pair abducted in Pakistan

The victims, one of whom was a woman, were studying Urdu in restive northwest Balochistan province

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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The terror group has claimed responsibility for the killing of two Chinese nationals, including a woman, who were abducted by armed gunmen from Pakistan's restive northwest province recently.

The Chinese pair was studying Urdu language at a local teaching center in the provincial capital of when it was forcibly kidnapped by unknown gunmen last month.

Another Chinese woman had escaped the abduction.

on its 'Amaq News Agency' uploaded a statement in Arabic yesterday, saying it had killed the two abducted Chinese nationals.

Pakistani officials are yet to comment on ISIS' confirmation, which came a day after army claimed that it had carried out an operation against the outfit in

At least 12 militants were killed in a three-day operation at the start of June in the mountains of Mastung district of

Earlier, local media had reported that the operation was launched after intelligence reports suggested that the militants were hiding there with the abducted Chinese nationals.

China is developing the strategically located in Balochistan, which many experts say is aimed at having a military presence.

has been grappling with Islamist and nationalist insurgencies in Balochistan since 2004, with hundreds of soldiers and militants killed in the fighting.

has been making inroads in with the help of its ties with local militant outfits like and However, the government has largely downplayed the presence of the dreaded terror outfit.

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 15:36 IST