Al-Qaeda commander Moeedul Islam killed in Karachi raid
KARACHI: Alleged al-Qaeda commander Abdul Moeedul Islam was killed in an early morning raid on a Gulistan-e-Jauhar flat by paramilitary soldiers here on Friday.
A senior intelligence source claimed that the terrorist had been operating the al-Qaeda network in Pakistan. He was said to be a Yemeni national and carried head money of Rs150 million.
The intelligence source said major terrorist attacks, including the one on the house of CID SSP Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam, were carried out on Moeed’s directives.
The Sindh Rangers said that acting on a tip-off, they cordoned off Rao Israr Apartments in Block 13 to raid a flat on the 3rd floor. But as soon as the law 3rd floor. But as soon the law enforcers reached the 3rd floor, a bomb blast occurred inside the flat.
The Rangers personnel broke open the door and found a suspect dead. They shifted the dead to hospital. Sensitive documents, cellphones, laptops and computers were found during a search of the flat, according to the statement.
The intelligence sources said the suspect was identified as Abdul Moeedul Islam, a commandeering chief of al-Qaeda in Pakistan, who carried a head money of Rs150 million and had been absconding for a long time.
They added that Mooed was a Yemen national but he also possessed Pakistani citizenship. He had come to Pakistan 13 to 15 years ago. He was trained in militant camps in Afghanistan and later appointed as al-Qaeda commander in Pakistan.
Earlier, he studied in a local madrasa in the SITE area of Karachi, the sources said and added that Moeed had married a Pakistani woman, and during their wedlock she gave birth to three sons and a daughter. They once lived in a house in Defence.
Investigators said that a few months back, the al-Qaeda commander had a dispute with his wife, who got a divorce from a court. Around 18 days ago, he had rented the flat in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. He had been living alone in the flat, while his ex-wife and children are residing in Defence.
The intelligence sources said they had been investigating terror cases and had rounded up some 11 suspects belonging to various militant organisations. The suspects disclosed to the interrogators that Moeed had been hiding in Gulsitan-e-Jauhar.
According to the sources, Moeed had prepared a hit list, including future al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan, including Karachi. According to hospital sources who carried out the post-mortem, Moeed blew himself up with a hand grenade. Further investigations are under way.