Karachi: Police arrests 7 terrorists, foil plot to storm central jail
KARACHI: Anti-Extremist Cell of the Crime Investigation Department on Friday claimed to have arrested seven hardcore operatives of outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and sized a huge cache of weapons here on Friday. DIG Crime Investigation Department (CID) Dr Kamran Afzal addressing a press conference here at the Garden Police Headquarters disclosed the arrest of LJ operatives and claimed to have foiled massive terrorist attacks.
The DIG pointed out that terrorist group headed by Baber alias Dorki under the supervision of Asif alias Chotu based in Waziristan chalked out the strategy to carry out sectarian killings and wanted to attack Central Jail Karachi.
They had a plan to attack a school bus of Ghulam-e-Abbas in Maripur area to divert the attention of security agencies before the attack at Central Jail Karachi, he added. Terrorist have allegedly planed to attack from backside of the jail located in PIB colony to get their companions out of the jail, the DIG explained.
The alleged terrorists including LJ Karachi Chief Mehmood Babar alias Dorki were detained in the same jail from 1997 to 2008 on similar charges of sectarian killing. Sources said that Babar hailed from Punjab and had narrowly escaped the attack couple of years ago outside City Court and one of his associate Muhammad Ali was killed in the attack and he was arrested from Muhammad Khan Goth located in Mangopir area couple of weeks ago.
Another closed aide of Dorki namely Fahim-ul-Haq alias Bihari had been picked last week from his residence located in Mehmoodabad. He was released after the detention of 12 years imprisonment, sources said. Tahir alias Mota was arrested two weeks ago from Orangi Town area, sources said and added that Abid alias Abbasi, Arif, Enayatullah alias Maya and Rafiq alias Inam were arrested during a raid conducted at Manghopir locality.
Officials also claim to have recovered 125 kg of high explosive, seven suicide jackets, one rocket launcher, six rockets, two Kalashnikovs, four TT pistols, three 9mm pistols, 50 feet detonator wire, three detonators and hundreds of bullets. The DIG CID Kamran Fazal along with AEC chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan informed media about the arrests and the planning of the arrested culprits.
The CID DIG told the media that the arrested militants have been involved in major terrorist and criminal activities in the city and were also involved in several cases of sectarian and political as well as cops and lawyers target killings.
He said that during initial course of interrogation, the accused confessed that on the directives of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief of Pakistan Asif Chotu from Waziristan to get their arrested companions free from the Central Jail, Karachi and selected at least 22 operatives to achieve the goal. It is pertinent to mention here that the arrested terrorists had been released earlier because of the lack of evidence.