Kohat: Mastermind behind former ANP leader killing copped
KOHAT: According to the Dawn News on Saturday, a search operation following the killing of former ANP Hangu president Khog Badshah late Thursday night has led the police to uncover a gang allegedly involved in targeted killings.
Hangu police officials termed the arrest of Riaz, a militant belonging to Tehrik Taliban Kurram Agency, as a major breakthrough.
They claimed that Riaz was the alleged mastermind behind the targeted killing of Mr Badshah, who was shot dead outside a mosque in Doaba village of Hangu. A bank manager, Fazal Mehmood, was also injured in the firing.
The militant believed to be involved in a number of targeted killings in the past was handed over to investigation branch after the elder son of the deceased recognised him during identification parade.
Several prominent figures belonging to different political and religious parties have fallen to targeted killing spree initiated by the banned Tehrik Taliban Pakistan in Hangu district during the last few months, which has caused panic and fear among local residents.
Local people said that Mr Badshah was standing with other people outside a mosque after offering Isha prayers when unknown armed men opened firing at them.
Mr Badshah died on his way to hospital while a bank manager, Fazal, resident of Karak, who sustained bullet injuries in his leg was hospitalised.
The Doaba police reached the scene to collect evidence and record statements of eyewitnesses. The police conducted a search operation in the region and arrested Riaz, who is said to be a member of a religious outfit, which is a part of the TTP.