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LeJ Balochistan chief, 2 suicide bombers killed in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Terror group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's 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 of 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, Army's

The security forces carried an intelligence based operation in the Killi Almas village on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of the troubled 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 of Balochistan, were killed," it said.

Security forces killed the LeJ 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, 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 group that emerged in the mid-1980s. LeJ has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, mostly minority Shia Muslims.

The group has its roots in the province and has a history of carrying out attacks in Balochistan, particularly against the Hazara Shias.

Two LeJ militants were arrested for killing Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan's finest Sufi Qawwals, in a attack, in Sindh in 2016.

LeJ's Asif Chotu, who was on Pakistan's most wanted terrorist list and carried a bounty of Rs 3,000,000 on his head, was killed along with his three associates near in January last year.

The killing of alias Rizwan alias Nasir came 18 months after police executed his predecessor and the then LeJ in an encounter in July 2015.

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 and LeJ militants in Seven Lankan players had sustained while six policemen were killed in the attack.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:50 IST