Karachi: 4 ‘TTP terrorists’ among 8 arrested
KARACHI: The Anti Extremism Cell (AEC) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested eight suspected terrorists, including four of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Thursday. The suspects were involved in a number of target killing incidents as well as bomb blasts. The police also claimed to have recovered 50 kilograms explosive material, nine TT pistols and nine hand grenades from their possession. They were allegedly sent to Karachi to kill religious leaders and political activists.
According to AEC chief SSP Muhammad Aslam Khan, they received information about the presence of some wanted TTP terrorists near Ghani Chowrangi in SITE–A police limits.
Consequently, CID teams were dispatched towards their hideout, where the militants opened fire following which a brief encounter ensued that resulted in the arrest of four suspects Imran Jamshed, Saleem alias Ali Najam, Irfan alias Asad and Adil alias Usman, while their two other accomplices fled from the scene taking advantage of the darkness and narrow lanes.
During interrogation, the suspects disclosed that 50 people had been sent to the city from Waziristan after obtaining terrorist training and making suicide jackets.
The SSP said that the arrested suspects belong to TTP’s Naeem Bukhari group. In other raid, the CID police arrested Tariq alias Abid, Asif alias Mala, Abdul Wahid and Muhammad Danish from their hideout near Ghulam Shah Bukhari’s shrine on MA Jinnah Road. SSP Aslam said that all of them were affiliated with political parties and they were involved in more than 40 target killing incidents as well as robbery and murder attempt cases.