Karachi: 3 TTP activists held
KARACHI: The Anti–Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Sindh, arrested three activists of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday. According to SSP Mohammed Aslam Khan of the AEC, they received a complaint from Shafiq, the owner of a motorcycle manufacturing company in SITE, that he was continuously receiving extortion threats from the TTP activists who have been demanding Rs5 million. The terrorists also threatened to blow up his factory and kill his family members if he did not pay them extortion. Manghopir police registered an FIR against the suspects.
The police also sought assistance from the Citizens–Police Liaison Committee and started negotiations with the suspects. The suspects agreed to decrease the extortion amount and asked the complainant party to hand over the extortion money in Sultanabad, Manghopir.
The AEC deputed plain-clothed personnel at the spot and as soon as the suspects came to collect the money the police raised alarm. However, the suspects opened fire and a encounter ensued after which Naimatullah Mehsud, Hameedullah Mehsud and Abdul Baqi Mehsud were arrested along with the recovery of two TT pistols and two hand grenades.
The suspects told police that they extorted money from the traders and businessmen in SITE and Manghopir Industrial Area.