Two suspected members of the militant Islamic State group allegedly linked to the 2013 abduction of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son, Ali Haider Gilani, have been killed in a pre-dawn raid on a ‘militant hideout’ in Faisalabad on Tuesday, a Punjab Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) official stated.
CTD official Rai Tahir recognized the 2 militants as Adeel Hafeez and Usman Haroon. He stated each have been killed throughout an intense shootout within the raid conducting by safety officers.
Tahir stated officers had, previously, foiled different assaults the pair had plotted, including that they have been additionally behind the killing of two intelligence officers lately in addition to different high-profile crimes.
The 2 militants have been additionally linked to the 2011 Al Qaeda abduction of an American improvement employee, Warren Weinstein, the official stated. Weinstein, who was taken from Lahore, was by chance killed in a United States drone strike in 2015 on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He supplied no particular details about the position the 2 had in Weinstein’s case.
The American employee’s unintended dying was introduced by Washington in 2015. President Barack Obama on the time stated he took full accountability for US counter-terror missions and supplied his condolences to households of the hostages.
After the Sept 11 assaults in the US, Washington aggressively focused militant hideouts in neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas, killing native and international militants. Pakistan considers US drone strikes a violation of its sovereignty, whereas the US accuses Pakistan of offering protected havens for militants. Pakistan has all the time denied the cost, saying it acts towards militants with out discrimination.
Many former Al Qaeda militants are thought to have joined the regional IS affiliate, which emerged a couple of years in the past, across the time the group was on the top of its caliphate in Iraq and Syria. IS has since misplaced almost all of the territory it as soon as managed within the two Center Jap international locations.