QUETTA: Two men associated with a banned militant outfit were killed in a shootout in Kech district on Sunday, security officials said. They said the shootout took place during a raid in Thalsar area of Hoshab.The raid was undertaken on a tip off about the presence of militants, they added. The officials said that the militants opened fire at the raiding team that returned fire, killing two men. The gun battle lasted for an hour. The deceased were identified by officials as Wahag and Washdil, both residents of Thalsar. The bodies were shifted to the district hospital for medico-legal examination after which they were handed over to the families. The shootout in Thalsar comes a few days after security forces killed four suspected militants in a gun battle in Kanak area of Mastung district. Officials had said that they recovered a huge quantity of weapons, ammunition and explosives during the raid. Meanwhile, three bullet-riddled bodies were found from a roadside in Hoshab area of Turbat. Security officials said identity documents recovered from the bodies established that the deceased were permanent residents of Punjab and may have been visiting the area for work opportunities. The bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital for postmortem examination. A case was registered and investigations started by the time this report was filed. Child dies playing with bomb mistaken as toy In Peshawar, a child lost his life and six others were severely injured after an explosive device they were playing with, mistaking it to be a toy, went off in Pishtakhara area on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Zubair, 10. The injured included Aqil, 17, Azeem, 14, Samiullah, 12, Junaid 12, and Ismail and Rahil, both eight-years-old. Pishtakhara police quoted witnesses as saying that the children found the device in a field and started playing with it. One of them hit it with a stone causing the device to explode, they said. The injured were taken to Khyber Teaching Hospital where Zubair died. His body was later handed over to the family. The rest of the children were reported to be in a stable condition. Investigators have sent the forensic evidence gathered from the site to a laboratory. They said the report was likely to be available by Monday (today). Published in Daily Times, August 211st 2017.