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 Hazara community as well as police personnel, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported early Thursday.
Col Sohail Abid of Military Intelligence was martyred in the gunfight. Four other soldiers were injured, two of whom are said to be in critical condition. “Security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Killi Almas area of Balochistan on pointation from apprehended high-value target about the presence of suicide bombers along with other terrorists in hideouts,” ISPR reported. According to the statement, three terrorists, two suicide bombers and one high-value target identified as Salman Badeni, were killed after an intense gun battle. The two suicide bombers were of Afghani nationality, ISPR said. One injured militant is in military custody.
Though security situation has improved manifold in most parts of the country due to sacrifices of our armed forces, but militants seem to be successful in targeting innocent people in Balochistan. Hazara community in Quetta remains one of the soft targets for terrorists. Attacks on police officials are also a frequent story. In recent visit of Quetta Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javeed Bajwa while listening the grievances of families of Hazara community pledged that stern action must be taken against the militants who are targeting innocent people. He was of the view that security apparatus would take severe action against all militant groups targeting this ethnic and religious minority. Pakistan’s armed forces intensified the operation against militants and took out Salman Badeni, the head of the Balochistan chapter of the extreme anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ); as well as two suicide bombers. This terrorist organization has claimed responsibilities of many terrorist attacks in the province.
People on social media praised bravery of martyred Military Intelligence officer Col Sohail Abid, people admired his bravery, while condemning the loss of life. Security forces have further accelerated combing operation in the area. It is thus hoped that gains made this week will be consolidated in the future. Brave son of the soil are rendering sacrifices to eliminate terrorism from the country. We highly appreciate the efforts of our armed forces to successfully fighting militants and establishing peace in the country.