Karachi: ‘Taliban bank robber’ held
KARACHI: A suspected Taliban militant involved in a number of bank robberies and extortion cases has been arrested, the Crime Investigation Department said on Tuesday. CID Operations Wing SSP Mohammed Fayyaz Khan said following a tip-off, his team raided a hideout in the Korangi Industrial Area and after a shoot–out arrested Imran alias Kami. However, Imran’s associate managed to escape.
During interrogation, Imran revealed that he was a member of the Tehreek–e-Taliban Pakistan. He and his associates were involved in the robbery at the Soneri Bank branch in Soldier Bazaar on December 13, 2011 in which they had walked away with Rs5.2 million.
They had also robbed Rs6.8 million from the UBL Bank branch in Naval Colony. They had looted Rs1.8 million from the Bank Al–Islami branch near Lasbela Chowk.
Imran further disclosed that he was trained in Waziristan and also involved in attacks on military and intelligence personnel. He was instructed by his commander in Waziristan to rob banks in Karachi in order to generate funds for his organisation. “Imran was recruited to jail police as a constable in 2007, but dismissed in 2010 for misconduct,” said the SSP.