Dubai: Man accused of kidnapping and killing Canadian journalist Khadija Abdul Qahaar was killed during a police meeting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.
Sanaullah Abbasi, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, revealed on Tuesday that Amin Shah, the main suspect involved in kidnapping and killing journalists, was killed in a police meeting. Shah is a member of the forbidden militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
He said police along with personnel from the Anti-Terror Department carried out attacks to arrest a criminal identified as Amin Shah. Shah was accused of kidnapping journalists in 2008 and demanding a ransom of $ 2 million (Dh7,360,000). He was also accused of killing him in 2010, according to reports in Pakistani media.
“As soon as the police approached to arrest him, the accusations fired on the police team and were eventually killed in a retaliatory attack by police personnel,” Police Chief Abbasi said. He added that one terrorist was killed and eight others were arrested during a separate raid carried out by law enforcement agencies on Tuesday.
Covered in Islam
Abdul Qahaar, a Canadian journalist from British Columbia, was known as Beverly Giesbrecht before he converted to Islam. Qahaar and his translator and guide were on their way to Miranshah hoping to interview local Taliban insurgents in North Waziristan in a taxi when unidentified gunmen kidnapped him on November 12, 2008, according to The News.
Ransom was requested by the TTP in North Waziristan. They threatened to kill him if their demands were not met. A video was released showing 56-year-old Khadija Abdul Qahaar applying to the authorities to save him. He was declared dead on November 4, 2010.
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