Al Qaeda subcontinent terrorist killed in a counterterrorism raid in Karachi on Wednesday.
Intelligence personnel of Sindh’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) said this.
Al Qaeda subcontinent terrorist killed
The CTD cops gunned down a notorious terrorist of the Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in a pre-dawn shootout in Karachi on Wednesday.
CTD Karachi chief DIG Omer Shahid Hamid said that from an intelligence agency, they received information of presence of terrorists associated with the banned outfit in the Moachko area in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Hence, they issued directives to the incharge of the CTD’s Pakistan-Based Terrorists Intelligence Group, Mazhar Mashwani, to conduct a raid.
A team raided a place in Musharraf Colony on Hawkesbay Road. On seeing the police, suspects opened fire. They retaliated and after a brief encounter, they arrested an injured terrorist.
However, his abettors escaped under the cover of fire. The injured terrorist was moved to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
CTD police seized a pistol and a bag containing two bombs.
DIG Hamid said the killed terrorist had been identified as Saeed alias Loha alias Haji alias Tora Bora, who was associated with AQIS (Al Qaeda in Subcontinent).
Police had wanted him in a number of terrorism cases.
According to the information received from the intelligence agency, Afghanistan-based AQIS commanders had sent Saeed to Karachi to revive the group and conduct terror attacks in the city.
The terrorist was said to have joined the AQIS in 2014 and was trained in Afghanistan.
Later, he along with his associates Syed Mujtaba and Abdul Saboor formed a group in 2016. The group remained involved in terrorism activities that included attacks on Rangers check posts, cracker attacks on police stations and target killings of policemen and sectarian killings.
The terrorism acts committed by Saeed included a bomb attack on the Mobina Town Police Station, a bottle bomb attack on a Rangers check post near Nazimabad No. 7, another bomb attack on a Rangers post near Korangi Crossing, an attack on a Rangers post near the Furniture Market of Gharibabad, and an attack on the Gujjar Nullah Rangers check post.
The terrorist also targeted Police Constable Zahid Hussain in Liaquatabad and three Shia community members in Awami Colony.
DIG Hamid said that in 2016 the CTD Sindh had an encounter with the group in Gadap Town in which Saeed’s two associates Syed Mujtaba and Abdul Saboor were killed while he himself escaped. Later, the terrorist fled to Afghanistan along with his other associates Islamuddin and Sakeel Burmi.
Moreover, intelligence reports claimed that the team of Saeed alias Loha had been planning a bomb attack with the help of drones. The CTD has expanded its network to arrest his accomplices on the run.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Karachi in a major operation at Hawks Bay killed a terrorist Saeed Loha associated with banned outfit Al-Qaeda Subcontinent in an exchange of fire, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Wednesday.
Saeed Loha was severely injured in the exchange of fire but he could not survive when he was shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment.
CTD In-charge Mazhar Mashwani said two bombs were recovered from the terrorist’s bag which was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) personnel.
The TV channel also reported that Saeed Loha associates belonging to ‘Subcontinent Group’ were killed in 2016 in a drone attack but he managed to flee to Afghanistan.
However, CTD said the terrorist returned back to Karachi from Afghanistan after training.
The CTD In-charge said more information is being collected about the terrorist.