A notorious Islamist militant wanted for more than 100 murders was killed in an intense gunfight with security forces in southwestern Pakistan today, the military said.
Pakistani forces 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.
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 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 Shiites, who are considered heretics by sectarian Sunni extremists.
Several Islamist militant groups are active in Balochistan, including the Taliban and local affiliates of the Islamic State group.
Many of them were killed in attacks blamed on LeJ and IS. Both groups claimed responsibility for an attack on lawyers in Quetta last year that killed more than 70 people.
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