Karachi: TTP recruiter, two would-be bombers among four held — Video
KARACHI: The Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested two alleged terrorists belonging to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the Frontier Colony with a recovery of arms, a huge quantity of explosives and some other materials. On their information, two suspected would-be suicide bombers were held in another raid.
The Additional IG of Sindh CID, Saud Ahmed Mirza, due to some terrorist threats in the city, had directed the Karachi police and especially the CID units to remain vigilant and keep an eye over the movements of terrorists.
During investigations, the chief of AEC, SSP Mohammed Aslam Khan, was tipped off on the presence of alleged militants belonging to the TTP in Orangi Town and he managed to bust the network. The companions of the suspects were involved in the CID Complex attack.
SSP Khan told a press conference at the Garden Police Headquarters on Sunday that on a tip-off he immediately moved his teams to conduct a raid in the Frontier Colony of Orangi Town.
When the personnel of the AEC reached the place, the terrorists opened fire on them which was retaliated by the police and after a brief encounter, the police managed to arrest two suspects, while their accomplices escaped under the cover of fire.
The suspects were taken to the investigation unit where they were identified as Abdul Razzaq alias Omer alias Sufiyan and Rashid Iqbal alias Basit. During the search of their hideout, the police recovered two hand grenades, 20 kilogrammes of explosives, two TT pistols, 20-foot-long detonating wire, electronic items used in preparing bombs and 200 bullets.
During the probe, accused Abdul Razzaq said that he had been residing in Frontier Colony for the last many years and worked for the TTP Punjab group. He was trained in Wana in Waziristan under the command of Waliullah Mehsud.
He said that he was sent to Karachi and assigned to recruit young boys in the organization and to train them as bombers. Moreover, he was also assigned to kill people who had differences in religion, commit kidnappings for ransom and robberies to generate funds for the organization and the entire stolen money he had sent to Wali Mehsud in Waziristan. It was also disclosed by Razzaq that he had sent many young boys to Waziristan to be trained as bombers.
Moreover, during the year 2009 he sent six teenage boys, Ibadullah of Jamia Islamia, Mohammed Arif, Abdul Qadeer, Ali, Waqar and Arshad to Waziristan. During their training period, a drone attack took place on the training camp in Waziristan in which Ibadullah, Arif, Abdul Qadeer and Ali were killed, while Waqar and Arshad were injured. They were later sent back to Karachi for treatment.
SSP Khan said that they had asked Razzaq to tell the police of the hideout of the injured bombers in Karachi, and upon being told they conducted another raid and arrested Waqar and Arshad. He added that Razzaq was paid by the TTP Commander, Waliullah Mehsud, a handsome amount to send teenage boys to Waziristan.
Moreover, Razzaq told the police that he used to tell the families of the young recruits that he was taking their children for some Tabligh in Punjab, but he actually sent them to Waziristan to be trained as bombers.
It was also disclosed by Razzaq that last year his accomplices, Bilal and Hamza, had bombed the CID office in Civil Lines. SSP Khan said that they were interrogating Razzaq over the veracity of his statement on the CID office bombing.