Pakistan army kills militant wanted for slaying 100 Shiites

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2018

Pakistan's army often has to fight Islamist militants.

The military says Wednesday's raid was carried out on a tip in Killi Almas village near Quetta, the capital of troubled Baluchistan province.

The military also released pictures of a blood-spattered militant laying dead on the ground, along with photos of ammunition and what appears to be bomb-making material.

Troops responded when one of the attackers detonated his explosive at the entrance, Khan Wasey, a local paramilitary spokesman said, and gunfire ensued.

Security forces intercepted and killed a "high-value target" of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) said to be involved in the killings of over 100 members of the Shia Muslims as well as police personnel, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported early Thursday.

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LeJ, a group which subscribes to the hardline Takfiri Deobandi school of Islam, considers Shi'ites apostates and has carried out scores of bloody bomb and gun attacks in Baluchistan over the past two decades, majority aimed at the Shi'ite Hazara community.

An LeJ spokesman, Ali bin Sufyian, said Badeni was not a member of the group. He said the militant belonged to the Islamic State. Both groups claimed responsibility for an attack on lawyers in Quetta previous year that killed more than 70 people.

The Hazaras called off the protest after meeting with Pakistan's powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who vowed greater protection and promised those targeting Hazaras "shall suffer twice as much".

During the intense exchange of fire, senior military officer Col. Sohail Abid of the Military Intelligence also lost his life while four other soldiers got injured.

Islamist militants have killed thousands of people in Pakistan since early 2000s, in their bid to impose a hardline version of Islam.

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