7 al-Qaeda suspects held in Karachi
KARACHI: Intelligence agencies, in raids in Korangi and Shah Faisal Colony, have arrested seven suspects alleged to be members of al-Qaeda for their involvement in the PNS Mehran attack case.
Five of the held are of foreign origin. Moreover, arms have also been recovered from their possession.
The seven suspects were identified as Hamza Abul Qasim, Javed bin Ziyad bin Tariq, Tahir bin Saleem and Ghansham besides others, who were immediately moved to an undisclosed location for interrogation. It was also disclosed that the police had taken into custody the car which was under the use of terrorists. Further probe is underway.
Online adds: Security forces on Friday arrested four suspected terrorists from Karachi. One of the suspects is said to have an alias of Hamza. They were taken to an undisclosed location for questioning.
However, sources said the investigators are still in the dark as far as making a real breakthrough is concerned. After expressing the possibility of involvement of various international intelligence agencies, the investigators have also included seminaries, located in the PNS Mehran’s vicinity.
Meanwhile, the investigation team has received the initial forensic report, prepared in Islamabad, which has established the used weapons of Russian make; except the walkie-talkie sets, which are of American make, possibly from the Nato inventory.
The report also discovered that all rifle cartridges were manufactured at the end of 2008, while the rifles used were seven to eight years old. The forensic report stated that all soldiers were fired at from 100 metres distance.
Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry adds: Security agencies conducted a raid at a Madrassa in Chak No 363GB, Sammi Di Jhok, in Faisalabad district on Friday, and arrested a suspected terrorist in connection with the PNS Mehran naval base attack.
The suspect, who was identified as Qari Qaisar, 30, a resident of Dera Ghazi Khan, was shifted to some undisclosed place for interrogation. Sources said the local police of Satiana Police Station were not informed about the raid by security agencies.
According to sources, the raid party entered Madrassa Zainul Abideen and arrested Qari Qaisar, the teacher of the madrassa. The sources said the suspect remained in contact with the attackers of the PNS Mehran base.
He was traced through his telephone calls. The Madrassa was built by Master Manzoor of the same village on two-and-a-half Marlas some years back, and Qari Qaisar was appointed as a teacher there.