Around 50 suspects were detained in connection with sectarian killings during a search operation in different parts of Saryab locality here on Tuesday.
Frontier Corps (FC), police and personnel of Anti-Terrorism Force (ATF) took part in the operation. Helicopters aided troops engaged in house to house search in Killi Kamalo and Killi Qambarni area of Saryab.
The search operation was mounted in some areas after a decision was taken at a high level meeting of police, FC and other law enforcement agencies regarding the rise in sectarian killings in the province.
“Officials have decided to launch search operations in some localities of Quetta where suspects involved in sectarian terrorism had taken shelter,” a senior official said.
As many as 18 people were killed in two separate episodes of sectarian killings on July 29 and August 1. The outlawed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for both the attacks.
Official said, the search operation will continue for a few more days. Police have rounded up more than 200 suspects during the past three days. “Those who had no affiliation with these killings are being released after interrogation,” sources said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.