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Al Qaeda’s Karachi chief, accomplice killed in Pakistan

Al Qaeda’s Karachi chief, accomplice killed in Pakistan

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:42

KABULL (Pajhwok): The head of Al-Qaeda’s Karachi network and his accomplice were shot dead in a densely-populated Gulshan-i-Iqbal neighbourhood in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, on Tuesday in a shootout with security forces that also claimed the life of an intelligence officer, officials said.

Quoting authorities, the said the killing of the two operatives of the globally-declared terrorist outfit as a major success, citing that they were present in Karachi for a “major activity” that could either be an attack on one of the “sensitive installations” or assassination of “key security officials”.

Officials of law-enforcement agencies indicated that they were highly trained. The hours long shootout also claims the life of an intelligence officer

They said the intelligence-based operation began after 2: 00am when heavy contingents of police and Pakistaninfo-icon Rangers, Sindh, cordoned off the locality in Gulshan-i-Iqbal’s block 13-E housing apartments along Sir Shah Mohammad Sulaiman Road.

A senior security official while wishing not to be named said: “Days of intelligence exercise led to the reports about presence of some high-value targets in one of the apartment buildings.

As the Rangers soldiers backed by policemen and intelligence officials moved in after hours-long siege of the area, they came under deadly attack that left a civilian assistant director of the premier intelligence agency, Mohammad Sajjad, dead.

“The attack from the militants also left a Rangers soldier wounded and triggered firing from both sides,” said another official, adding that the guns fell silent only after the militants were killed.

They were identified as Abdul Ahad, who headed Al-Qaeda network in Karachi and originally hailed from Swat, and Mohammad Saleh, said to be an Iranian Baloch. The investigators were still ascertaining details about residential address of Saleh who had come to the flat, which had been rented out to Abdul Ahad just a couple of months ago, the official said.

“After the encounter, the flat was searched in detail. Laptops, a few CDs, literature, cell phones and pistols were seized during the search.

Sources said the security officials also took into custody the only woman in the flat while killing the two militants in the encounter. However, the security officials denied any arrest during the operation.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/rm

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