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Five suspects held for planning terror attacks during Ashur

KARACHI: Police have arrested five suspects with a huge amount of ammunition and suicide jackets for planning terror attacks on Muharram 9 and 10 mourning processions in the metropolitan. The Inspector General of Sindh Police Azhar Ali Farooqui, while addressing an emergent press conference here on Saturday, said that police have detained five terror suspects including an alleged suicide bomber Aziz Ahmed alias Muhammad Khan, Muhammad Ejaz alias Abdul Rahman, Jamil Ahmed alias Wazir Akbar, Muhammad Hamid alias Qasim and Muhammad Wasim alias Imran.

He said that police recovered six kilograms explosive used in the suicide jacket, three hand grenades, six detonators, 15 meter detonating wire, 500 grams cyanide, one generator used to generate remote control, two TT pistols with 20 rounds, two kilograms ball bearings and one kilogram spikes. He said that the police in cooperation with a federal sensitive agency foiled a plan for terrorism on the occasion of Ashura in the city. According to preliminary investigation the five suspects were planning to carry out terrorist activities in the Muharram Majalis and processions in the city on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, he added.

Farooqi said that during interrogation, the terrorists admitted having carried out planning to attack Muharram processions with hand grenades and suicide bombing, suicidal attacks at army installations and mixing cyanide in water at sabeels. The arrested terrorists were members of various terrorist groups, he informed. One of the terrorists was resident of Karachi, while others were from Bhambar Azad Kashmir, Multan and Lodhran, he said.

He pointed out that four of the arrested terrorists had undergone training at a terrorist camp in the tribal area of Mir Ali. The gang leader Mohammed Aijaz alias Abdul Rehman had been imparting training in terrorism at various training camps after Afghan war and was a teacher at a warfare training camp in South Waziristan, he said.

He said that although by the arrest of this gang, we have averted a major threat to peace in the city but the law enforcing agencies would remain fully alert to avoid any mishap. The IG said that another three suspects have been arrested from Hyderabad and the investigation is in progress. Replying to a question, he said that although there are no solid proofs of this gang’s contact with other terrorist organizations but it is obvious that such organizations maintain links among themselves.-SANA

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