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Police arrest Three terrorist of Laskar-e-Jhangvi involved in Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) bomb blast

jos_terror_karachi_arrest-300x240 Three high-profile terrorists including an operational commander of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) having links with Al Qaeda and Taliban were apprehended during a raid in Rehri Goth, Bin Qasim Town on Monday, claimed the Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) of the Sindh police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID). Officials also claimed to have seized 50 to 60 kilogrammes of potassium nitrate, 30-metre detonating code, three detonators and three pistols from the possession of the captured terrorists. According to the Shiite News Monitoring desk, The alleged terrorists were identified as Rizwan Muqaddam, Munir Chandio and Ziauddin Mehsud alias Khan Mohammad alias Siddique, whose name was stated to be placed in the CID’s Red Book. Ziauddin was claimed to be a commander-in-operation and was deputed to carry out terrorist acts in the metropolis by Qari Abid Mehsud, leader of his own LJ faction, who had also provided Rs 450,000 for assistance. They were assigned to target people belonging to the Shia sect and, therefore, Ziauddin had deputed Chandio from Khairpur for this purpose, especially after the killing of religious scholar Allama Sher Hyderi who was assassinated last year in Khairpur. During the initial course of interrogation, the arrested suspects also revealed that they had planned to kill Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town’s union councillor in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and active leaders and workers of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan. AEC chief Senior Superintendent of Police Omer Shahid said the men were arrested while plotting for an attack on the Karachi Central Jail to help their imprisoned companions escape and they had also prepared an explosives-laden car for that purpose. He added, “The threat is looming as one of their associates Wasim, the Karachi Amir for LJ’s Qari Abid Mehsud group, still possesses the car; but fortunately, Muqaddam, who had recently arrived in the city after receiving training in making explosives-laden vehicles, was arrested in this raid.” Talking about Ziauddin’s background, the AEC chief said his name was listed in the fourth edition of CID’s Red Book of wanted terrorists, and he was possibly involved in the assassination of Sunni Tehreek leadership in the Nishtar Park bomb blast and the killing of noted religious leader Allama Hassan Turabi. “Ziauddin was also involved in the kidnapping for ransom case of noted transporter and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supplier Shaukat Afridi who was killed when a CID team had conducted raids on militant hideouts in Baldia Town in 2008,” he added. The officer said these militants might also be linked to the recent terror incidents in the city, especially the Chehlum bombings, and they were presently being questioned. He also said the arrested militants were on surveillance and were arrested with minor resistance. He informed that further investigation was underway.

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