CTD claims arrest of alleged militant involved in Hazara targeted killings


Islamabad, Balochistan Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a key militant suspected to be involved in a spate of targeted killings in the city.
CTD Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Aitzaz Goraya, along with the Frontier Corps (FC DIG, announced that Dr Abdur Raheem Shahi, a lead commander of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), was arrested during an operation carried out on April 30.

DIG Goraya in his statement to the media said, “The man is suspected of having a hand in the suicide bombings and numerous target killings that took place in Hazara Town, Bolan Medical Complex, and the provincial IG’s office.”

He further said that a large number of weapons were also found from the arrested terrorist, adding that the man had a Rs2 million bounty on his head.

The CTD official informed that steps are being taken for more arrests to be made soon.

The Hazara community has been protesting in Quetta for the past three days over the disproportionate targeting of their community by sectarian terrorists.

A report released by the National Commission for Human Rights last month stated that at least 509 members of the Hazara community were killed and 627 injured in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta during the last five years.