Nowshera: 5 militants behind suicide attack on ANP leader nabbed
NOWSHERA: Police on Friday claimed to have arrested the militants involved in the assassination of an Awami National Party (ANP) leader in Swabi district. Police sources said that five militants were arrested during separate raids in Jehangira town in Nowshera and in Katlang tehsil in Mardan.
Three of the arrested militants were said to be involved in the assassination of the Awami National Party leader, Hanif Gul Jadoon, in a suicide attack in his village, Malikabad, in Swabi.
The sources said the three militants aligned with the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were apprehended during a joint raid of the police and the law-enforcing agencies near the Jehangira Bridge on the Jehangira-Swabi Road. The area where the raid was conducted had been sealed and closed to traffic.
The detained militants were identified as Tahir Khan alias Abu Tahir, Mohammad Obaid aka Abu Obaid and Mohammad Quaid Khan. They were allegedly behind the suicide attack on the Awami National Party Swabi chapter’s former senior vice-president Hanif Gul Jadoon.
The ANP leader, his minor son and gunman were killed in the suicide attack on the first day of Eidul Azha. He was returning home after offering Eid prayers when a suicide bomber exploded near his vehicle.
According to media reports, the TTP Malakand chapter had claimed responsibility for the attack. The sources said that the slain ANP leader reportedly had friendship with a TTP commander Fazal Haleem, whose house was demolished during an operation by the security forces in 2009-10.
Fazal Haleem, the sources claimed, suspected that Hanif Gul Jadoon had played some role in the demolition of his house. The suicide bomber, who conducted the attack on the ANP leader, had reportedly spent two nights with one of the detained militants Tahir Khan alias Abu Tahir while Quaid and Obaid helped the bomber in reaching his target, the sources, adding that Fazal Haleem had tasked them to undertake the mission.
On the basis of information divulged by the accused, the police and law-enforcing agencies conducted a raid in Katlang and arrested two militants including Commander Ziaur Rehman hailing from Sakhakot, Malakand Agency, and Mir Hassan, a resident of Katlang in Mardan district.
The sources said that 15 kilograms of explosives, four safety fuses, 450 dynamites, detonators and prima cords were also recovered from the possession of the accused. The two have been accused of providing explosives to the militants for blowing up schools.