2 alleged would-be Aug 14 attackers held
KARACHI: The Specialized Investigation Unit (SIU) declared on Friday the arrests of two men allegedly involved in planning terrorist activities on Independence Day, Aug 14. The police said they also seized large quantities of weapons and hand grenades.
The men were identified as Akhtar Zaib and Khawaja Mohammad, employees of the Murshid Lal Coach booking office at Lasbella, Karachi. “We received word that illegal weapons were smuggled from this booking office,” said SIU Chief Gull Hameed Sammu. He and his team held a press conference to make the disclosure.
In the raid, the police team also found two boxes filled with ten hand grenades, one submachine gun, one Kalashnikov, one MP5 gun, one repeater, five TT pistols, five revolvers and some 550 bullets, Sammu added. “It is still unclear whether the arrested men are involved or not,” he said, adding that after the initial interrogation, they said in their statements that an unidentified man came to their office to book three seats for Mansehra and asked if he could leave some luggage there. “They said that the unidentified man said that his seats were reserved for the early morning hours, when it would be difficult for him to find transport. Later, another man dropped off two boxes,” Sammu said.
He added that it was common knowledge that terrorist operations were being launched from the tribal areas, so terrorists and weapons were coming into Karachi, rather than leaving the city. A special investigation team has been formed to probe the case and although their arrest was shown on Friday, they were arrested soon before Independence Day.