Karachi: TTP activist arrested; confesses to 18 target killings
KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Sindh claimed to have arrested a wanted activist of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and recovered arms from his possession. The suspect later confessed to killing as many as 18 people.
The police also recovered hate material and photographs of TTP commanders during the arrest. SSP Mohammad Fayyaz Khan of the CID said that the police received a tip-off from a spy that a wanted TTP activist from the Qari Shakeel group was hiding in the SITE-A area.
Acting on the information, Fayyaz Khan immediately moved his teams to conduct a raid of the area and following a brief encounter, took the suspect into custody. However, the suspect’s accomplice managed to escape under the cover of fire. The arrested man was identified as Khan Afsaaar Mohmand and a pistol was recovered from his possession.
The police immediately shifted the accused to the department of interrogation. The suspect revealed that he belonged to the Mohmand Agency and joined the Qari Shakeel group of the TTP many years ago.
After completing his training, he was sent to fight with security forces in Swat and Waziristan, where he took active part in the battles. He then moved to Karachi in 2010 to kill those who were providing information on the TTP to law enforcement agencies and also kidnap people for ransom in an effort to generate funds for the militant outfit.
SSP Khan said that the suspect was gathering information on officers of the CID and prepared a hit list of targeted officers. He added that the suspect confessed to killing 18 people.
Based on the information provided by Afsaar, the police said that the accused and his accomplice killed Mohammed Shakeelullah in SITE-A police limits, Nasir Khan and Mohammed Ali in Peerabad.
They also killed Farooq Ahmed in Mominabad, Fazal Mohammed in SITE-A, Farmanullah in Peerabad and Zahoor Ali in SITE-A.
The suspect told the police that these people were killed because they belonged to the Aman Lashkar and were providing information to law enforcers.
The suspect kidnapped traders as well as businessmen and would release them in exchange for a hefty ransom. He would also extort money from traders by threatening them. All these funds would be handed over to the Qari Shakeel group to finance its militant activities.
When investigators checked the suspect’s cell phone, they found photographs of TTP leaders and commanders who were wanted by law enforcement agencies. The found videos of the TTP leaders giving inflammatory speeches and also recovered other hate material from the suspect’s possession.
The group was presently planning a terrorist attack on a government building and awaiting orders from its commander. Earlier, the CID Sindh had arrested three of Khan Afsar accomplices, while he escaped.