Karachi: 3 arrested over killing of army’s top medic
KARACHI: Secret agencies in Karachi have arrested three suspected terrorists, including the mastermind of a suicide attack that killed the Army’s chief medic in Rawalpindi on February 25, sources said on Sunday.
According to the sources, those arrested have links to Al Qaeda and were allegedly planning to launch suicide attacks on the Karachi corps commander and Navy Vice Admiral Iskandar Mirza. The suspects, posing as newspaper hawkers, had carried out surveillance of their intended targets, the source said, adding that they had also managed to have tea with staff in the office of the Naval vice admiral. However, sources in the Anti-Terrorist Wing, which consists of various secret agencies, claimed the suspects were allowed to have tea so that they could be arrested safely.
During the investigation, the sources said, the suspects had disclosed that their accomplice had killed Lieutenant General Mushtaq Baig after information they had gathered following their surveillance. The suspects also claimed to be present at the crime scene when Baig was killed, the source added.
The sources quoted them as telling investigators that they were apologetic over the death of a doctor but considered every person who was a part of a government allied with the United States worthy of being killed.
The suspects, who hail from North Waziristan and Punjab, also divulged the presence of 20 of their accomplices in the city.
The sources said they had claimed that the late Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah had trained them, and that Baitullah Mehsud and Al Qaeda commander Tahir Yelduf were their patrons.
The Anti-Terrorist Wing is working to arrest other accomplices who are operating in the city disguised as hawkers.