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‘Mastermind’ of Ashura bomb blast killed





DI KHAN: District police on Wednesday killed alleged mastermind of several terrorist attacks, target killer, commander of a banned outfit and absconder Walid Akbar in an encounter on the outskirts of the district. Dera Sadiq DPO Hussain Baloch received a tip-off about Walid Akbar’s presence, the mastermind of bomb blast on the Ashura procession on 9th and 10th Muharram and among the prisoners who fled from DI Khan jail, on the Indus Highway. The DPO along with the police team reached the spot and upon seeing the police, the accused opened fire on the police van and escaped in the nearby fields. DPO in the area of Perwa was unharmed. The police team cordoned off the field area and began search for Walid Akbar and his accomplices. Meanwhile, the accused again started indiscriminate firing on the police squad but was killed as a result of shots fired from the police officials, while his injured accomplice was arrested. Walid Akbar was wanted by the police due to his involvement in various acts of terrorism and killing police teams as well as a recent attack on a GPO van. According to police, the deceased militant was a commander of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The arrested accomplice of Walid Akbar was identified as Abu Bakr, alias Ustad who was a commander of banned outfit. The police also recovered hand grenade, 9mm pistol, different documents and maps. Meanwhile, the police informed that the mastermind of the District Headquarters Hospital suicide attack on August 19, 2008, killing 22 members of a clan was killed in Miranshah. 

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