GB police arrest ‘militant’ involved in Diamer school attacks


ISLAMABAD: Police in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on Wednesday claimed that it had arrested a suspected militant commander reportedly involved in attacking schools in Diamer earlier this year.

According to police, the suspect militant named Qari Hidayatullah was arrested during an operation in Darel area on Tuesday night. It added that three other individuals were arrested along with Hidayatullah.

A police spokesperson said that police, GB Scouts and other law enforcement agencies conducted the operation with assistance provided by a local tribal jirga.

During the night between August 3 and 4, some unidentified militants set on fire 12 schools for girls in Gilgit-Baltistan and later on reports were received that two more schools were set ablaze. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on August 4 had taken a suo motu notice of the incidents in Diamer and Chilas.

Later on, the police said that the suspected militant involved in burning of 14 girl schools was killed in an exchange of fire with security officials.

While authorities are searching for 15 suspects in the attacks, approximately 40 people have been arrested over the incident till date.