Pakistani police counter-terrorism officers on Monday killed four terrorists including a commander of the banned group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who was involved in the 2012 attack on the child rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
All four militants were killed in a police shootout, conducted at the Southern port of city of Karachi, police officials confirmed.
A man identified as Khursheed – a cousin of the current TTP chief Mullah Fazalullah – was identified among the dead. He was linked to various terrorist attacks on security personnel as well as the attack on Malala.
“I am going to share good news with you that a cousin of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah has been killed,” Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwar told reporters at the site of the shootout.
“Khursheed was involved in various incidents of terrorism, including attacks on education activist Malala Yousafzai as well as military and police in Karachi’s Quaidabad area,” Anwar said. “All the militants were members of the TTP Swat and were planning to carry out terrorist activities in the city.”
Malala was 15 when the brutal group attacked her in the militant-stricken Swat Valley where the group has launched its own illegal FM radio station, urged a jihad and motivated women to remain inside their homes. But, Malala stood against the Taliban and challanged them to continue her education in home despite bombing down of all the girls schools in the valley.
Swat residents during the brief rule of the Mullah Fazalullah complained of public hangings and beatings.
Shakir Ali, a station house officer in the Sachal area of Karachi, said on Monday the police identified Khursheed with the help of the documents recovered from his possession. “The police are also trying to identify the remaining terrorists killed in the encounter,” he added.
Malala was attacked and shot at close range by the gunmen in October 2012, as she left school in the Swat Valley, reports AP.