QUETTA: Unidentified assailants opened fire at a police mobile here today killing one constable. According to details the shooting took place when fruit sellers belonging to Hazara community were travelling from Hazar Ganji to Hazara Town escorted by police.
Police told that the attackers managed to bolt from the scene of crime after carrying out the targeted attack. No individual or group has taken responsibility for the attack.
It is pertinent to mention here that Balochistan has faced a number of security challenges in recent months, with security personnel in the province often being targeted in roadside explosions and suicide attacks.
Members of law enforcing agencies have faced multiple attacks by miscreants in Quetta recently.
On 16th of January, 2018 a constable was killed on Raisani Road in yet another attack targeting law enforcers in the province.On 9th of January, a police bus was attacked by a suicide bomber in Quetta.
On 28th of February, four soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC) and two policemen, including a DSP, were killed in two incidents of terrorism.
At least seven people were killed on Quetta’s Zarghoon Road when a suicide bomber rammed into a parked police truck injuring 16 people.
Five people were killed and 27 others had suffered injuries in a suicide attack on a convoy of a paramilitary force in the Sariab Road area of Quetta in November last year.
In October, seven policemen belonging to the Rapid Response Group (RRG) of Balochistan Police and a passer-by were killed in a suicide blast, also in Sariab area.
Fifteen people, including eight soldiers, lost lives when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta in August.
Earlier in June, of 2017, 14 people – including seven policemen – lost their lives in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area.
HAZARA COMMUNITY: Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia/Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.
A mere sectarian issue that has resulted in thousands of deaths present in the state of Pakistan, a state our forefathers and their forefathers gave their lives to form and this is the destruction of their legacy.
The killing of others due mostly, to different interpretations of the same religion that has continued to persist over thousands of years.
The disappointment that will be visible on our predecessors’ faces as we try in futility to justify senseless killing will be ironic in observing.
French Policeman who offered to be swapped for a female hostage dies!
PARIS: Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who had offered to be swapped for a female hostage in yesterday’s four-hour-long hostage-taking drama carried out by 26-year-old IS militant Morocco-born French National Redouane Lakdim at U-Supermarket died.
Col. Beltrame had kept his cellphone on enabling the police outside figure out what was going on in the supermarket. Police stormed the market as soon as they heard shots fired. The gendarme was shot in the throat and was left fighting for his life.
Meanwhile, sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that a woman who was close to the hostage-taker has been taken into custody.
It is pertinent to mention here that the hostage-taker, while entering the super-market (with a gun in one hand and a knife in the other) shouted Allah-o-Akbar and proclaimed himself as the soldier of the IS. The IS too claimed that Lakdim was its soldier.
Motive of the standoff was release of Salah Abdelslam the man involved in the 13th November 2015 Paris attack that resulted into the death of 130 people.
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IS hostage-taker who killed 3 in S.France gunned down by security forces!
PARIS: As the IS hostage-taker who had killed three in U-Supermarket in Trèbes (Southern France) has been gunned down by the security forces, President Emmanuel Macron stated that it was a terror attack. IS has claimed that the 26-year old gunman Redouane Lakdim was one of their soldiers.
President Macron, who is at the EU summit in Brussels, talked to the Interior Minister Gerard Collomb. After the conversation Minister went to Trèbes. He had confirmed that the hostage-taker has been shot dead.
According to details the armed man took hostages in the U-Supermarket killing three and injuring twelve more. Earlier he had opened fire at policemen [(who were wearing tracksuits with police insignia), coming back from jogging near Carcassonne this morning] injuring one.
Le preneur d’otages a été abattu par nos forces.
Un lieutenant-colonel de @Gendarmerie s’est substitué à l’un des otages.
Il est grièvement blessé. Son héroïsme et son courage forcent notre respect. pic.twitter.com/plbUmhYxfw
— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) March 23, 2018
According to details the gunman – a petty drug dealer – hijacked a car near Carcassonne this morning. On resistance he killed one person in the car and injured the co-traveler.
Sources have informed that a policeman – who volunteered to be exchanged for a hostage – kept his cell phone on and thus managed to provide intelligence enabling law enforcers successfully storm the supermarket and kill the attacker.
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Hostage taker from IS kills two in Trèbes (S. France) demands release of 2015 Paris attacker!
TREBES (S.FRANCE): Hostage taker – claiming to be an IS militant – who had killed two people today at Super-U supermarket here, has demanded release of Salah Abdeslam, prime suspect in the Nov. 2015 Paris attacks that resulted into death of 130 people.
According to the Mayor of Trèbes Eric Menass all hostages were free and the hostage-taker is now alone in the supermarket with one police officer. Mayor also claimed that the militant entered U-Supermarket shouting Allah’ho Akbar and “I will kill you”.
Before commencement of the hostage-taking drama the gunman shot at four policemen in Carcassonne (eight km to the east of the present location) injuring one of them.
The attacker has been identified by the intelligence services as one flagged in a database of radicalized Islamist militants.