FC Kills Three Militants of Proscribed Outfit

Written by  AFP Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:20

QUETTA: Paramilitary forces killed three suspected Sunni militants, including a senior commander, in Quetta on Tuesday, officials said, following two days of deadly attacks on Shias.

Tuesday’s raid in Quetta, which has been racked by sectarian violence in recent years, came as authorities arrested 39 suspected militants in a separate operation.

“Our forces raided a compound in the eastern outskirts of Quetta today and killed three militants,” a spokesman for the Frontier Corps (FC) force told AFP, adding that troops seized eight hand grenades and five small machine guns.

“One of the dead militants has been identified as Mehmood Rind who was chief of Jaish-ul-Islam sectarian group in Balochistan,” Akbar Hussain Durrani, the provincial home secretary, said.

A night market bombing in the city on Sunday killed one and wounded eight, and was claimed by both Jaish-ul-Islam and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The blast was followed Monday by the gunning down of two Hazara brothers at a passport office and a policeman who was at the scene.

Police and paramilitary forces have rounded up 39 suspects in connection with Monday’s shooting, the FC spokesman said.

Senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the arrests.

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