Aj­mal was at­tack mas­ter­mind

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A Pak­istani mil­i­tant linked to a num­ber of high-pro­file at­tacks has been killed in a joint Afghan-US spe­cial forces op­er­a­tion in east­ern Afghanistan, Afghan po­lice of­fi­cials and Tal­iban com­man­ders said.

Qari Aj­mal, al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for sev­eral mil­i­tant at­tacks in Pak­istan, was killed in Afghanistan’s Pak­tika prov­ince, three Tal­iban com­man­ders said. The op­er­a­tion started at mid­night and lasted un­til early Satur­day morn­ing., they added. All three spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity for fear of ret­ri­bu­tion.

Aj­mal, a leader of the banned Al Qaeda-linked Pak­istani sec­tar­ian group Lashkar-e-Jhangi, was wanted for ma­jor at­tacks, most no­tably one on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 that killed six po­lice of­fi­cers and wounded seven play­ers.

Pak­tika po­lice chief Gen. Khalil Zi­ayee con­firmed the op­er­a­tion, say­ing one mil­i­tant was killed and three ar­rested. He gave no fur­ther de­tails.

Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, the US mil­i­tary spokesman in Afghanistan, also con­firmed the op­er­a­tion but did not say which mil­i­tants were tar­geted. “Afghan and US forces did con­duct a counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tion in Pak­tika,” he said, but added that for se­cu­rity rea­sons “we do not dis­cuss the de­tails of counter-ter­ror op­er­a­tions”.

Pak­istan and Afghanistan share a siz­able law­less bor­der re­gion, which serves as a safe haven for lo­cal and Al Qaedalinked for­eign Is­lamic mil­i­tants. They rou­tinely shut­tle back and forth across the bor­der to evade se­cu­rity forces.

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