Qaeda ring smashed in Lahore
LAHORE: Intelligence and law–enforcement agencies on Tuesday raided a house in the Green Town area and detained six suspected persons including four women. The arrested persons are described as militants with links to a banned terrorist outfit.
Terming the joint action as a major breakthrough, an intelligence official said that the suspected militants have been shifted to some unknown place for further interrogation. Sources stated that the militants compound was on the radar of the intelligence agencies since the neighbours complained to the authorities after noticing suspicious activities taking place inside that residence.
A security official identified the men as Hassan and Dawood while declined to give the names of the women arrested during the action. Following the joint action, everything was found scattered in the house, suggesting that the investigators searched every nook and corner of the building. The house, located near the Kot Lakhpat Jail, was sealed soon after the local police and reporters rushed to the site to dig up more details. Usually, the police never share information with the media about the joint raids involving terror suspects.
Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khan Baig said that he had no information about the raid or the arrests yet. “I don’t know (about the raid). Let me check it first and then I will be able to give the details,” provincial police officer Khan Baig told The Nation by phone on Tuesday night.
An official said that the raiding team also seized several gadgets, computers, handsets, and communication tools. He further said that the suspected militants were running an illegal telephone gateway exchange in the house for communication with the terrorists network.
Local residents told the police that the suspected family had taken the house on rent less than a month ago. Initial investigations revealed that al Qaeda had been using the gateway exchange as an international technical hub.
It was also learnt that security officials shifted Hassan and Dawood to an unknown interrogation cell, where they are being quizzed by a joint team of investigators. The arrested women were also shifted to some unknown place after the local police refused to put them behind the bars because of security risk.
On the other hand, the Lahore police have widened the search action against the suspected persons and detained over three dozen men from different parts of the provincial metropolis on Tuesday. A police spokesman said that the search action is launched on the orders of DIG (Operations) Muhammad Tahir Rai to keep a check on the movement of the suspected elements.