Over 100 militants killed in nationwide security crackdown following Sehwan blast

Number of terrorists also apprehended, says ISPR


Islamic State have claimed an attack on a Sufi shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, provoking a nationwide security clampdown. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR/ KARACHI: Security forces launched on Friday a nationwide crackdown on after a bomb ripped through Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine, killing over 100 militants across the country.

"Over 100 terrorists killed besides sizeable arrests during the last 24 hours," the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.



"Both the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities and police started a crackdown across the country before dawn, and scores of suspects have been arrested from different cities," a government official speaking on condition of anonymity said. He said the sweeping operation will continue for the coming days.

The Islamic State group (IS) claimed the attack, which came after a series of bloody extremist assaults this week, in the town of Sehwan in Sindh.

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The Sindh provincial government announced three days of mourning as Pakistanis vented their grief and fury on social media, bemoaning the lack of medical facilities to help the wounded, with the nearest main hospital some 130 kilometres from the shrine.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security in the past two years, but there have been multiple attacks this week. The assaults underscore Pakistan's struggle to stamp out extremism, which was stepped up after the country's deadliest ever attack, a TTP assault on Army Public School in Peshawar in 2014 which left more than 150 people dead - mostly children.

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Karachi

Sindh Rangers claimed to have killed 18 terrorists overnight in different areas of Karachi.

Seven terrorists were killed in a shootout with Rangers after they attacked a convoy of the paramilitary troops on the Super Highway near Kathor, Sindh. A convoy of Rangers was returning from Sehwan after taking part in rescue operations. A Rangers spokesperson said a soldier was injured in the exchange of fire.

Eleven more terrorists, Rangers said, were killed in a raid carried out in Manghopir area of Karachi. “Arms and ammunition was also seized during the operation,” the Rangers spokesperson added.  The Rangers said all suspects were affiliated with a banned organisation.

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Peshawar

In Peshawar, three terrorists were killed in an intelligence-based operation. “Police and security forces received information about the presence of terrorists in the area so they launched an operation early morning,” a police official told The Express Tribune.

“The terrorists tried to flee in a car but they were intercepted and three of them were killed in the exchange of fire. Search for their accomplices is underway."

 

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High alert in Rawalpindi: ISPR

Search and combing operations were also initiated in Rawalpindi, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“Security forces and intelligence outfits have been instructed to further intensify combing and targeted operations with the aim to eliminate terrorists and sleepers cells,” the military’s media wing said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi corps commander chaired meeting a high-level security meeting to review the response mechanism to deal with terror threats.

Landi Kotal

Security forces and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets pounded militant hideouts in Lwi Shalman area of Khyber Agency near the Pak-Afghan border, reportedly killing six militants.

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Air strikes also destroyed terror facilities, a security source told The Express Tribune.

Meanwhile, political administration directed the locals to evacuate their houses near border areas due to the sensitive security atmosphere.

Hangu and Orakzai agency

Security forces also killed six militants in Toor Warai area of Hangu district, recovering suicide vests and other weapons from militants' custody.

In another encounter, four suspects belonging to banned outfits were killed.

North Waziristan

The Pak-Afghan border in Torkham remained closed on Friday as political administration announced a halt in the continuing repatriation of Afghan refugees from North Waziristan Agency until further notice.

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(With additional input from AFP)

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Saad | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend Proof not required again??
Atsul | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend This blood is on Punjab's govt hands specially on Rana Liaquat who have been claiming these extremists don't exist in Punjab and Punjab police is capable of handling them. He categorically denied military access to perform cleanup and Nawaz Sharif supported him, if the cleanup had been allowed in Punjab 10 months ago this would have been avoided. Because these politicians are protecting their self interests and covering their corruption and cronies Southern Punjab have become a safe heaven for these extremists and terrorists. Shame on you, remember you will be answering for this sooner or later if not here then on the final judgement day.
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