Five ‘TTP’ men held for Ayesha Manzil blast
Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Five men affiliated with the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) were apprehended on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the Ayesha Mazil blast that took place on the first day of this year and their role in the assassination of over six polio workers last year.
The Crime Investigation Department (CID) also seized a large cache of arms and ammunition from their possession during a raid conducted in Muhammad Khan Colony in Orangi Town.
Additional Inspector General (AIG) of police CID Ghulam Shabeer Shaikh during a press briefing at the Central Police Office said that acting on a tip-off the officials had raided the suspects’ hideout in Ittehad Town. On seeing the police, the gunmen opened fire, which was returned by the police. After an hour-long encounter, Ayub, Mohtim Khan, Bilal, Tauseef Ali and Saifullah were arrested.
During the initial investigation, the accused confessed to being linked to the TTP.
Seven people died and 45 other were injured in the Ayesha Manzil blast near Federal B Area after a remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorbike went off. Among the victims, one was a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
AIG CID Shaikh said that the accused were also involved in murdering polio workers during the year 2012, of which two female health workers were targeted in the Mochko police limits on December 18, 2012.
The accused confessed to lobbing a Russain-made grenade inside the Tori Bangush police kiosk in July 2012. The low-intensity blast completely destroyed the kiosk and damaged three polio vehicles.
The suspects had also killed a police constable and an ANP leader.
The arrested men were planning an attack on the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, the AIG added. The suspects said they had recently sent about 160 men to Waziristan to their commander Akram for training. They were also going to learn to make suicide jackets during their exercise.
During the raid, police recovered a motorcycle planted with a bomb, 25 kilogram explosive material, five hand grenades, two pressure cooker bombs, nine tennis ball bombs, four Kalashnikovs, five 9MM pistols, five detonators and a number of live bullets.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad, on learning about the police efficiency, announced a reward of Rs2 million for the CID team.