Karachi: 6 militants among 20 arrested by CID
KARACHI: The Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday arrested 17 suspects including three activists of Lashker–e-Jhangvi (LJ) and one of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), from different parts of the city. They were wanted in more than 60 target killing cases, including two Pakistan People’s Party supporters in Saeedabad. The CID also claimed to have recovered six hand grenades, two Kalashnikovs, 11 TT pistols, two 222 rifles and a repeater from their possession.
According to SSP CID Muhammad Aslam Khan, these suspects were sent to Karachi to kill various religious leaders and political activists.
The CID received a tip-off about the presence of wanted TTP and LJ terrorists near Jeddah Colony situated in Mochko area and Gulbai in Shershah police limits.
Consequently, CID teams were despatched to the suspects’ hideout. Upon seeing police the militants opened fire and an encounter ensued, following which four suspects Muhammad Nafeez, Moeenuddin, Yousuf Khan and Mateenuddin were arrested while their two accomplices fled from the scene taking advantage of the darkness and narrow lanes.
During interrogation, the suspects named their commander as Akram and disclosed that they were in Waziristan where they received terrorist training and making suicide jackets.
Among the arrested suspects, Yousuf Khan was affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Hakeemullah Mehsud group.
Before joining the TTP, the suspects were working for the band Lashker-e-Jhangvi’s Qari Abid group.
In another raid, CID team arrested Abdul Majeed, Israr Shah, Asif, Muhammad Hafeez, Ghulam Muhammad, Shakeel, Muhammad Khalid, Rehan, Kashif, Moiz, Rizwan and Qasim.
They were affiliated with various political parties and were wanted in more than 40 target killing cases. These suspects were also involved in robbery and attempted murder cases.