Karachi: Would-be suicide bomber among 2 TTP men held
KARACHI: Personnel of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Sindh, claimed to have arrested two activists of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), including a would-be suicide bomber, in Shah Latif Town on Saturday.
The raiding party also recovered arms and rockets from the possession of the suspects.
According to SP CID Mazhar Mashwani, the terrorists had planned to kill SSP CID Mohammad Aslam Khan in a suicide attack, and were also involved in the murder of Advocate Syed Mukhtiar Bukhari.
Acting on a tip-off, a CID team raided a house near Abbot Company on the National Highway in the Shah Latif police limits.
Upon seeing the police, the suspects opened fire and a shootout ensued, following which Azeem Ahmed Sheikh alias Anees and Zubair Alam were arrested, and five rocket shells, two .222 rifles and a large quantity of bullets were recovered from their hideout.
Anees hailed from Hyderabad and he had been working for the TTP since long. He had joined al-Qaeda in 2009 after being persuaded by Tahir alias Saein. Later, he was sent to Waziristan where he was trained to make remote control bombs.
During the interrogation, Anees revealed that on the orders of Talat alias Hyderabadwala of al-Qaeda he came to Karachi with Zubair whom their group had assigned the task to launch a suicide attack on SSP Aslam Khan of the Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the CID Sindh. He further disclosed that he along with his accomplice Tahir alias Jimmy had targeted Advocate Syed Mukhtiar Bukhari in the Bohra Peer area on the orders of their TTP commander. He confessed to targeting more than seven people in Hyderabad along with Tahir and Farhan Ali alias Ali.