Data Darbar suicide bomber facilitator arrested in a major operation. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab and Intelligence Bureau conducted it.
A senior official said that CTD and IB in joint operation arrested Mohsin Khan, son of Behram Khan, who belongs to Shabqada, Charsadda.
Mohsin told investigators that Tayyabullah alias Raaki, a resident of Mohmand district in KP, had received suicide bomber Sadiqullah Momand.
The Afghan national Sadiqullah had entered Pakistan through Torkham on May 6.
Then, Raaki escorted him to Lahore where the bomber detonated leaving 12 people, including five elite force personnel, dead.
The facilitator (Mohsin), handler and the suicide bomber stayed in a house in Bhati Gate area prior to the bombing.
The official said they had links with Hizbul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan/Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP/JUA), which had also claimed the responsibility of the attack.
Soon after the blast, multiple Joint Operation Teams (JOTs) comprising officers from CTD and IB were formed. They began following all possible leads.
The investigators collected evidence from the crime scene on scientific lines to ascertain the identity of the bomber, the type and quantity of the explosives used, etc, the official said.
He said they also onducted interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects. Investigators also focused upon digital forensics.
They activated human intelligence sourcesthroughout Lahore and other parts of the country, particularly in area around Data Darbar.
The investigations revealed that Mohsin had recently moved to Lahore in the garb of a labourer. He was living in a room rented out by Noor Zeb in the Walled City, inside Bhati Gate, Lahore.
It also transpired that Mohsin had been radicalised by Tayyab during their stay in Saudi Arabia a few years back, the official said.
On the fateful morning of May 8, he said, Tayyab escorted the suicide bomber from Mohsin’s place to a point near the blast site.
During arrest, the LEAs recovered from Mohsin a huge cache of explosives, and two portable MP3 players.
The official said terrorists transported the suicide vest and explosives hiding them inside the casings of portable electronic MP3 players. Because they intend to avoid arrest.
Evidence showed that the handler Tayyab left the area soon after the blast. The CTD and officials of other LEAs have launched massive manhunt across the country for his arrest.
“It is a big success of the CTD and IB to solve this case in a very short time,” the official said.