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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s wanted leader arrested in Karachi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 19, IRNA -- A wanted leader of a banned Pakistani extremist group has been arrested in the Pakistani city of Karachi, a senior police officer said.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) Sindh Chief Hafiz Qasim Rasheed, accused of carrying out sectarian targeted killings, was wanted to the security agencies, an officer of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) told the media.

He said Rasheed was arrested from the Jamshed Quarters area of Karachi, and a hand grenade, a Kalashnikov and a TT pistol were recovered from him.

According to the police, the suspect has confessed to killing 100 people, including former member of provincial assembly, Raza Haider and Dr Hussain Haider.

Earlier on the same day, an intelligence agency arrested four members of a banned organisation plotting terrorist attacks in Karachi and recovered arms and ammunition from them.

During January-March 2012, there were 160 incidents of target killing reported in Karachi, according to a research organization, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). During the observed quarter, 44 people affiliated with political parties were killed, injured or kidnapped.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80377033

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