Police arrest Afghan suspected of involvement in Sherpao attack
CHARSADDA: The police on Friday arrested a man suspected of involvement in a number of terrorist activities, including a suicide attack on former federal interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, a police official said.
Police took the suspected militant named Dawood, an Afghan national, into custody after they found him lying unconscious in sugarcane fields, Charsadda District Police Officer (DPO) Feroz Shah Khan told reporters.
Elaborating the backdrop to the arrest, Khan said extremists attacked a police checkpost here on Thursday night. Two militants were killed in the crossfire that ensued, while two others managed to get away.
On Friday morning, police made the arrest after receiving a tip that an injured man was lying unconscious in some sugarcane fields. Police personnel took Dawood into custody and shifted him to Charsadda hospital, said Khan. A heavy police contingent had been deployed outside the hospital, he added.
The DPO said Dawood was suspected of involvement in a number of terrorist activities, including the suicide attack on Sherpao and target killing in Charsadda. An Afghan Foreign Ministry service card was among the cards found in Dawood’s possession, he added.
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