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Pakistani forces kill militant wanted for more than 100 murders

AFP  |  Islamabad 

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

Pakistani forces raided the Killi Almas village on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of the restive 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 group (LeJ).

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 Shiite Hazara community.

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

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

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

More than 1,500 Shiite Hazaras have been killed in the province in recent years, according to Abdul Khaliq Hazara, of the Hazara

Many of them were killed in attacks blamed on and IS. Both groups claimed responsibility for an attack on lawyers in Quetta last year that killed more than 70 people.

has also been battling separatist insurgents in for over a decade, with hundreds of soldiers and rebels killed in the fighting.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 07:20 IST