Karachi: 5 TTP ‘extortionists, 3 PAC gangsters’ held
KARACHI: The Anti–Extremism Cell of the Crime Investigation Department on Thursday detained five suspected terrorists affiliated with the Tehreek-e–Taliban Pakistan for their alleged involvement in extortion. CID officials said they recovered two Kalashnikovs, five hand grenades and three TT pistols from their possession. AEC SSP Muhammad Aslam Khan said they were searching for TTP activists operating in the West District.
Khan said they received a tip-off regarding wanted TTP terrorists near the Manghopir Road situated in the Peerabad police precincts.
CID teams were dispatched towards the suspected hideout, where militants opened fire on the police team when they reached there.
After a brief encounter, five suspects – Sher Ali Khan, Saeed Alam, Mubarak Hussain Shah, Shamar Gul and Yaseen – were taken into custody. Taking advantage of darkness and narrow lanes, two of their accomplices managed to flee.
The SSP said that during interrogation, the suspects, who were affiliated with the TTP, disclosed that they extorted money from local businessmen and forwarded it to their commander Akram in Waziristan for training terrorists and making suicide jackets.
‘Target killer’ detained
A CID team detained a man for his alleged involvement in more than seven cases of target killing and robbery. The officials said they recovered a TT pistol and a hand grenade from his possession.
CID SSP Fayyaz Khan said that on a tip-off, a police party conducted raids at some hideouts near Allah Wala Town in Korangi Industrial Area and took Muhammad Sohail alias Tanveer into custody.
The SSP said that during interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he and his accomplices had murdered seven political activists.
Three ‘gangsters’ held
The Counter Terrorism and Financial Crime Unit of the CID detained three men for their alleged involvement in the Lyari gang war and cases of kidnapping for ransom and extortion.
The officials said they recovered arms and ammunition and three kilograms of hashish from their possession.
CTFCU SSP Raja Umer Khattab said a spy informed the police that some Lyari gangsters were spotted near the Islamia college situated on the New MA Jinnah Road and they were planning to carry out a devastating attack on the offices of different political parties.
SSP Khattab and his staff conducted a raid in the locality and were met with armed resistance. The law enforcers retaliated and after a brief encounter, took three men into custody; however, two of their accomplices managed to flee.
Khattab said that during interrogation, the detainees identified themselves as Zahid Hussain Baloch, Abdul Qadir and Farhan Ahmed. The escapees were identified as Muhammad Fahid and Poonam.
The SSP said the detainees admitted being active members of the Rehman Dakait group and operating out of Peerabad, Lyari and Manghopir.
They also disclosed that they were involved in more than 10 murders, over 30 kidnappings for ransom as well as extortions, added the SSP.