Karachi: 3 ‘TTP militants’ detained
KARACHI: Three militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been arrested with a huge cache of weapons, said the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday. CID Sindh SSP Muhammad Fayyaz Khan said that during their investigation into terrorism, they were informed of TTP militants’ presence in a squatter settlement of Manghopir.
Pursuing the lead, CID Operations Wing conducted a raid in the area, where terrorists opened fire on the law enforcers’ team.
The CID retaliated and, after a brief encounter, arrested Muhammad Shoaib Mehsud, Khalid Rehman Mehsud and Aurangzeb Mehsud.
When the CID officials searched their hideout, they recovered an 8kg suicide jacket, a blasting mortar shell, three hand grenades, a Kalashnikov, two TT pistols, a battery, two battery cells, an electronic button, detonating wire, a kilogram of ball bearings and a large quantity of bullets.
Initial investigation revealed that the accused belonged to TTP’s Hakimullah Mehsud group and worked in Karachi under Shehzad Rehman Mehsud’s command.
The accused were involved in extortion, kidnappings for ransom and target killings, and were assigned targets by Shehzad Mehsud. The extortion and ransom money was sent to their commander Jiyaad Yaar in Waziristan.
The accused admitted that they were going to carry out a suicide attack in Karachi, for which they were awaiting Jiyaad Yaar to specify a target.
The “militants” had recently kidnapped machinery export businessman from Super Market and demanded ransom from the family via call from Waziristan.
The accused were also going to kidnap a businessman from Gulistan-e-Jauhar, but were arrested before their plan could come to fruition.