Pakistan

KARACHI – Police on Monday killed four suspected terrorist, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan-Swat chief Mullah Fazlullah’s cousin, Khursheed, during a raid in Sadaf Society in Karachi.

Police operation is intensified in the city after a suspected commander of banned organisation Ansal al-Sharia escaped during an operation Kaneez Fatima Society earlier today following an attack on MQM Pakistan’s leader Khawaja Izharu Hassan.

Malir SSP Rao Anwar claimed that Khursheed was involved in militant attacks, including the attack on girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai and security officials.

He added that all the killed terrorists belonged to TTP Swat.

Escaped Terrorist

Today, following a tip-off regarding presence of militants belong to a banned group Ansar al-Sharia, police conducted a raid in housing society to arrest them. As the police reached, the terrorists opened fire on raiding party causing death of an official named Ijaz.

During the gun battle, a terrorist managed to escape from the scene, but two suspect have been apprehended from the house.

Police officials are conducting search operations in the area to trace the escaped terrorists, while heavy contingents have been deployed on the incident spot.

According to Malir SSP Rao Anwar, escaped terrorist has been identified as Abdul Kareem Sarosh, who is a student of Karachi University.

He claimed that Abdul Kareem is a commander of Ansal al-Sharia and also mastermind of an attack on MQM-Pakistan’s leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan.

Attack on Khawaja Izharul Hassan

On Saturday, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) senior leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan escaped an assassination attempt as he was leaving a mosque after offering Eid-ul-Azha prayers early in Buffer Zone area.

Hassan’s security guard and a child were killed and five others were injured.

Four assailants on two motorcycles opened fire on the MQM-P leader as he exited the mosque after Namaz-e-Eid, Larik explained.

The DIG went on to mention that police gave a chase to the assailants and an exchange of gunfire also took place, leading to the death of one of the attackers. A second assailant, however, managed to escape getting caught.