Pak­istan kills mil­i­tant wanted for more than 100 mur­ders

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IS­LAM­ABAD: A no­to­ri­ous mil­i­tant wanted for more than 100 mur­ders was killed in an in­tense gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces in south­west­ern Pak­istan, the mil­i­tary said.

Pak­istani forces yes­ter­day raided the Killi Al­mas vil­lage on the out­skirts of Quetta, cap­i­tal of the restive Balochis­tan province, based on a tip that there were sui­cide bombers hid­ing there, ac­cord­ing to a mil­i­tary state­ment.

Three mil­i­tants were killed in the fire­fight that erupted, in­clud­ing Sal­man Badeni, the pro­vin­cial com­man­der of the sec­tar­ian mil­i­tant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Badeni – de­scribed by au­thor­i­ties as a “high-value tar­get” – was wanted for his in­volve­ment in the killing of more than 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing po­lice­men and mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity Syiah Hazara com­mu­nity.

The other two mil­i­tants were sui­cide bombers, the mil­i­tary said.

An army in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer was also killed in the op­er­a­tion, it added, and four other sol­diers were wounded – two of them crit­i­cally.

LeJ, a Sunni group, is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the most vi­o­lent sec­tar­ian out­fits in Pak­istan.

It has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a num­ber of high-pro­file at­tacks in re­cent years on Syi­ahs, who are con­sid­ered heretics by sec­tar­ian Sunni ex­trem­ists.

Sev­eral mil­i­tant groups are ac­tive in Balochis­tan, in­clud­ing the Tal­iban and lo­cal af­fil­i­ates of the Is­lamic State group. — AFP

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