Karachi: 40 militants of banned outfits arrested in city this year
KARACHI: The Anti–Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested more than 40 activists of banned organisations under the Anti–Terrorism Act and 30 workers of political parties for being allegedly involved in target killings this year, a senior police official said on Tuesday. SSP Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Khan told The News that CID teams conducted a number of raids and seized huge quantities of explosive materials and arms and ammunition from those arrested in the year 2012.
He noted that his department seized 200 kilograms of explosives, 11 suicide jackets, 230 hand grenades, two LMG rifles, 25 Kalashnikovs, 10 repeaters, 15 rifles, 300 TT pistols, 14 live bomb 14, 68 crackers, two rocket launchers, eight kilograms of ball bearings and equipment used in making bombs.
SSP Khan said 30 activists of various political parties were also arrested for being allegedly involved in target killings.
At least 28 CID policemen were shot dead in 2012. All the victims were killed by banded religious outfits.
SSP Khan pointed out that 10 people belonging to banded religious groups were apprehended for being allegedly involved in the killing of 10 policemen of the Crime Investigation Department.
The CID has been on the forefront of action against militants and other terrorists in the city, and its personnel are increasing coming under attack.
On December 15, two officials of the department, Khurram Manzoor and Sohail Yousuf, were found dead in the Mochko and Garden areas a day after they had gone missing while on duty.