Over 100 militants killed in nationwide security crackdown following Sehwan blast

Published: February 17, 2017
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Islamic State have claimed an attack on a Sufi shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, provoking a nationwide security clampdown. PHOTO: AFP

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

Terror attacks in Pakistan this week. CREATIVE: NABEEL AHMED Islamic State have claimed an attack on a Sufi shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, provoking a nationwide security clampdown. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI / PESHAWAR: 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.

Terror attacks in Pakistan this week. CREATIVE: NABEEL AHMED

Terror attacks in Pakistan this week. CREATIVE: NABEEL AHMED

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.

(With additional input from AFP)

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Reader Comments (20)

  • salman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:21AM

    18 ? no such news on TV but breaking in here. On my way to office just an hour ago, I saw of loads of Rangers and security personnel on Shariah-e-Faisal road moving very fast. Also security threat in Karachi is being shared on whatsapp since last night. I hope every one remains safe.Recommend

  • Desi
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:27AM

    So…were the rangers and LEAs sleeping before this blast. Why do they have to take action after such incident takes in which several lives are lost. Moreover these rangers and LEAs might also be falsifying in their claim, such to diffuse the tension.Recommend

  • K Pathak
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:28AM

    Wow..what a shame…! No judicial process, no custody no charges but shot down dead right away? How did they know now only. What were they doing till now?Recommend

  • rich
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:42AM

    why wait for blast to kill terrorist, whn u knw where to find them

    do it anyway

    or were they good terrorist till yesterdayRecommend

  • Sid
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:01AM

    Proof , where is proof. Double faced Pakistan getting paid in own coin. Good, justice at last for all neighbors troubled by these snakesRecommend

  • Dastan
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:18AM

    @rich exactly my thought…why wait AFTER? Why cant they just take them all out before such attacks, why do innocent civilians have to be killed for our government & security agencies to act as a result of it. I have lost hope. This menace doesn’t seem to end with the current lot in power and they seem to be going no where in the near future either. Recommend

  • PakSal
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:26AM

    @rich:
    Absolutely, doesn’t make sense, why are they not pursued actively rather than acting only after a tragedy.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:30AM

    Kill them and their facilitators wherever they are. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:43AM

    I wish I could say some cleaver / witty / smart / intelligent statements I am always making at this time – I cant think of any . Recommend

  • Indo
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:26PM

    @Sid: good one bro Recommend

  • whatever
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:46PM

    who decided that they were terrorists and should be killed instantly? may be they were freedom fighters.Recommend

  • Dhanus Menon
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:26PM

    They have to be caught alive and tried in a court of law. This is extra judicial killing. High handedness of the forces.Recommend

  • Sickened
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:34PM

    @Sid:
    Showing our true colors are we? Oh the irony of preaching moral high ground, while not having the common decency to mourn loss of human life.Recommend

  • Hugh Slaman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 5:06PM

    @Desi:

    Nobody was sleeping before the attack. Terrorist cells are easier to find just after an attack has been carried out, as the activity leading up to the operation usually leaves traces and clues that can be followed up quickly.Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    Feb 17, 2017 - 5:57PM

    Kill all the terrorists
    They dont deserve to be tried before any court
    I would personally prefer arresting terrorists alive and then shooting/hanging them publicly in open public places…
    May Allah save all the peace-loving people and destroy all the extremists and terroristsRecommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 17, 2017 - 7:16PM

    Good job. Eliminate each and every terrorist. There is no other option.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Feb 17, 2017 - 8:11PM

    India should not criticize Pakistan on this. Instead, India should do the same in its Kashmir. Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:07PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Kashmir is a internationally recognized territory not a part of India. In fact the Indian have no business being there and holding them militarily hostage Recommend

  • Atsul
    Feb 18, 2017 - 4:56AM

    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. Recommend

  • Saad
    Feb 18, 2017 - 7:08AM

    Proof not required again??Recommend

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