LASBELA: The alleged chief of a banned militant organisation, Jandullah, was killed Friday in a gun battle between militants and security forces in Hub area of Lasbela.

A police spokesperson said that security forces launched intelligence-guided targeted operation in Hub area after receiving information about presence of the alleged chief of Jandullah which led to exchange of fire between the security forces and the armed men.

“The security forces cordoned off a house and the armed men hiding in the house opened fire on law enforcement personnel,” said the spokesperson, adding that the security forces also retaliated.

“The exchange of fire between the armed militants and the security forces continued for a while which resulted in killing of a top militant commander and injuries to two persons,” said the spokesperson.

The law enforcement personnel also arrested an alleged suicide bomber and seized weapons and explosives from the house. The police said that the top militant commander killed in Hub shootout was identified as Aarif alias Saqib.

The spokesperson said Aarif alias Saqib was behind acts of terrorism including suicide blasts in Karachi and Balochistan. The law enforcement agencies have launched search operation in the area. Further probe was underway.