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Assassin of Iran consulate official killed

The Pakistani police say an alleged militant wanted for the murder of an official with the Iranian consulate in Peshawar last year has been killed.

Local police chief Liaquat Ali told AFP that on Sunday, acting on a tip-off, police surrounded a house in Peshawar where the man, named Amanullah, had been hiding.

After a gun battle that lasted about half an hour, Amanullah was killed, he said.

Ali stated that two police officers were also wounded in the clash.

“Amanullah, who had close links with militant outfits, was wanted for a number of criminal and terrorist acts, including the murder of an Iranian consulate official, Abu Al-Hasan Jaffry,” he said.

“He was also accused of providing vehicles to at least three suicide car bombers,” Ali added.

Jaffry, a Pakistani citizen who was director of public relations and protocol at the Iranian consulate in Peshawar, was shot dead at point-blank range in November 2009.

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