Karachi: 2 TTP men arrested
KARACHI: Two activists of the banned Tehreek–e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested in Manghopir, police said on Monday. The police also seized a large quantity of explosives and weapons. “We raided a hideout in an area near Javedan Cement Factory in Manghopir and arrested the two men after a brief encounter,” CID Anti–Extremism Cell SSP Mohammad Aslam Khan told reporters. “We were tipped-off about the presence of some wanted Taliban terrorists in the area,” he added. The two men were identified as Khalid Mehsud and Abdul Rehman Meshud. They were shifted to an interrogation unit.
While searching their hideout, the police found 10 kilograms of explosives, four grenades, two pistols, five feet of detonating wire and hundreds of bullets. “Khalid and Rehman belong to the Waliur Rehman group of the TTP and are close aides of Naimatullah Mehsud, the banned outfit’s chief in Sohrab Goth,” the police official said.
During interrogation, the two men disclosed that they were planning to blow up an important building in the city with the explosive material they had. They also revealed that Naimatullah Mehsud had provided them with a list of traders, who were to be killed if they refused to pay extortion money to the TTP. The two men said the Naimatullah group was involved in the killing of WHO polio officer Dr Ishaq at his clinic in Sohrab Goth on July 21 last year. The group was also responsible for another attack on WHO officials in the area.