A band of suspected Da’ish terrorists is on the run in Quetta after escaping a police raid that killed six other members of the group, officials said on Monday.
Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) said in a statement they had stormed a hideout in Balochistan capital on Saturday and killed six terrorists, but “around four to five managed to escape”.
A senior police official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that “teams are now raiding different areas to arrest those who escaped”.
Among the dead was Asghar Sumalani, a junior commander in the regional chapter of Da’ish-Khorasan. He had a two million rupee ($11,400) bounty on his head.
Officials have long played down the presence of Da’ish-Khorasan in the country. But the group has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks, including the slaying of 11 miners from the minority Shia Hazara community last year.