Terror group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Balochistan chief, who was involved in the killings of over 100 members of the Hazara Shia community as well as police personnel, was killed along with two would-be suicide bombers today during a raid in southwest Pakistan, the military said.
Col Sohail Abid of Military Intelligence was also killed in the encounter that left four other soldiers injured, two of whom are said to be in critical condition, said a statement issued by the ISPR, Pakistan Army's media wing.
The security forces carried an intelligence based operation in the Killi Almas village on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of the troubled Balochistan province, after receiving information that suicide bombers and terrorists were hiding in the restive region, the statement said.
"During operation three terrorists including 2 suicide bombers and a high value target Salman Badeni, LeJ head of Balochistan, were killed," it said.
Security forces killed the LeJ chief involved in killings of over 100 innocent members of Hazara Shia community and police, it said.
"Two suicide bombers killed were Afghani. The group was involved in target killings of innocent Hazara community and police," it added.
During intense exchange of fire, Colonel Sohail was killed while four soldiers got injured, the statement said.
LeJ was founded in 1996 as a militant offshoot of Sipah-i-Sahaba, a Sunni sectarian group that emerged in the mid-1980s. LeJ has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, mostly minority Shia Muslims.
Two LeJ militants were arrested for killing Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan's finest Sufi Qawwals, in a sectarian attack, in Sindh in 2016.
LeJ was believed to be behind the terrorist attack on a police training centre in Quetta in October 2016 in which 61 people, mostly police cadets, and two armymen, were killed.
In March 2009, a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by the Taliban and LeJ militants in Lahore. Seven Lankan players had sustained injuries while six policemen were killed in the attack.
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