Karachi: Terror attack on Chehlum averted
KARACHI: Two activists of banned outfits arrested in a raid in Azizabad. An attempt to carry out a terrorist attack prior to or on the day of Chehlum was thwarted on Tuesday with the arrest of two operatives of banned outfits. The Gulberg division police personnel carried out a raid in Azizabad and arrested the activists of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and the Harkat-ul Mujahideen al-Alami (HuMA). They also seized weapons, explosives and a vehicle.
Gulberg SSP Amir Farooqi told The News that following a tip-off about the presence of the two men in Azizabad, he assigned his special squad officials to carry out surveillance in the area. “The officials confirmed that the suspects were holed up at a house in the Bangoria Goth area of Azizabad,” the SSP added.
On Tuesday evening, a special squad of the Gulberg division police raided the house and after an encounter arrested Maulana Chiragh Deen of the LeJ and HuMA activist Hafiz Hanif.
While searching their hideout, the police found 7mm and .222 rifles and also seized a hi-roof van laden with explosives.
During interrogation, the two men revealed that they had stolen the van near Madni Masjid in Azizabad. They were assigned the task of blowing up the van at the Ashura procession, but were unable to do so. Their new task was to attack the Madinatul Ilm Imambargah in Gulshan-e-Iqbal before or on the day of Chehlum using the van filled with 70kg of explosives.
“The two terrorists were trained in Kandahar, Afghanistan to use various weapons,” the police official said.