5 TTP suspects remanded in CID custody till 13th
KARACHI: Five men, affiliated with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and allegedly involved in the Ayesha Manzil bomb blast, were remanded in the custody of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday till January 13. Mohtamim Khan, Ayub, Bilal, Saifulllah and Tauseef had been arrested after an hour-long encounter with a CID police team in Orangi Town a day earlier.
Judicial Magistrate (West) Azizullah Khoso was further informed that the police had recovered a motorcycle planted with a bomb, 25 kilograms of 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 from the possession of the alleged terrorists.
CID Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh told a press conference at the Central Police Office on Wednesday that acting on a tip-off a police team raided a hideout in Muhammad Khan Colony.
On seeing the police, gunmen opened fire at the police, who retaliated against the attack. After the encounter, the five TTP men were arrested.
The suspects confessed to their involvement in the Ayesha Manzil motorcycle blast, which killed seven people and injured 45 others.
AIG Shaikh said the TTP activists were also involved in murdering polio workers during the year 2012.
They also admitted to lobbing a Russian-made grenade into the Tori Bangash police kiosk in July 2012. The low-intensity blast destroyed the kiosk and damaged three polio vehicles. The suspects were also said to have killed a police constable and an ANP leader. The suspects were alleged to have planned an attack on the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport.