Security forces kill Islamic State Balochistan chief in Kalat

QUETTA: Security agencies claimed killing Mufti Hidayatullah, the purported mastermind of the Mastung suicide blast and Balochistan chief of Da’esh, in an encounter in Kalat district on Friday.

Security officials said that they conducted a search operation on intelligence reports in Kalat where the clash occurred in which Mufti Hidayatullah and two other men of his group were killed.

The Mastung carnage claimed the lives of at least 150 persons, including Nawabzada Siraj Raisani on Friday last week.

Security officials maintained that Hidayatullah had dropped the man who carried out the Mastung blast, Hafeez Nawaz, at the rally of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).

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“Hunt for arrest of more terrorists involved in the Mastung suicide attack is under way,” security officials said.

DIG Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Aitzaz Goraya told newsmen that they had identified the man who carried out the Mastung suicide attack as Hafeez Nawaz from Thatta Sindh, adding that he and his family had moved to Afghanistan.

Chaman IED blast

At least four persons were injured in a blast that was meant to target a vehicle carrying security force personnel in Chaman on Friday.

Terrorists, security officials said, had planted the explosive device inside a motorbike and parked it on the Mall Road, Chaman’s busiest street.

“The explosive device was detonated as vehicles of law-enforcement agencies were passing the area. The blast injured four civilians,” Tufail Baloch, the Deputy Commissioner of Qilla Abdullah, said.

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The injured were immediately shifted to the District Hospital in Chaman.

One of the injured, whose condition was in critical condition, was referred to a hospital in Quetta.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but security measures across the province had already been beefed up.

“In view of potential security threats, we have already tightened security in and around Qilla Abdullah and all candidates have been asked to inform the district administration before launching any election campaign or staging corner meetings,” Tufail Baloch said.

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