Karachi: 4 TTP suspects on terror mission arrested
KARACHI: The police claimed to have arrested four suspected terrorists of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Mochko on Thursday.
Three suicide jackets containing 20 kilograms of explosive material, 30 detonators, six hand grenades and other weapons were recovered from them, the police claimed.
The Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which made the arrests, said the suspects had been sent to Karachi to kill religious leaders during Muharramul Harram.
Officials said the same suspects had injured a Hindu businessman, Atima Ram, near the City Courts last month.
The AEC chief, SSP Muhammad Aslam Khan, said they were hunting for TTP activists in the city, when they received a tip-off about their presence in a graveyard in Muhammad Khan Colony in Mochko.
Police raided the hideout, where the suspected militants started firing. After a brief encounter, four suspects Muhammad Shauib, Abdul Sattar alias Shaikh alias Chacha, Shah Fahid and Nusrulla Mujahid were taken into custody. Their two other accomplices fled taking advantage of the darkness.
The police recovered three suicide jackets containing 20 kilograms of explosive material, 20 kilograms of explosives, three Kalashnikovs, 30 detonators, six hand grenades, one 9 MM pistol and a number of bullets from the hideout.
The suspects were immediately taken to an investigation unit for interrogation, where they disclosed they had sent 10 people to Waziristan to their commander Akram for terrorist training, the police claimed.
Intelligence official and the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) were called in who, after examining the jacket, found C-4 type explosive used in its preparation.
According to the officials, the explosives were six times more powerful than those locally made. “Its impact could be devastating, as it can demolish a three-storey building,” an official said.
Aslam said the suspects belonged to the TTP Hakeemullah Mehsud group, adding that before joining the TTP, they had worked for the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Qadri Abid Group.