Lahore: Three ‘killers’ of Christian charity workers held
LAHORE: Police on Monday arrested three suspected militants allegedly involved in killing seven Christian charity workers in Karachi in 2002, a police spokesman has said.
Police chief Malik Iqbal said that the detained suspects were also suspected of killing three doctors and planning terrorist attacks on government buildings and other targets in Punjab.
Seven workers belonging to a domestic Christian charity, the Peace and Justice Organisation, were bound and gagged, then shot dead, after a meeting at their office in Karachi. The suspects were identified as Samiullah, Arshad alias Assad Lalu and Muhammad Hassan Amir alias Ali.
Lahore police claimed the men confessed during preliminary investigation that they had been members of banned militant organisation Jaish-e-Muhammad, but formed their own “Tehreek-e-Islami Lashkar-e-Muhammadi” after they developed differences with the Jaish and other military organisations. Police said the suspects had told them that Karachi police had arrested nine of their accomplices, who had confessed to killing 13 people in Karachi.