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November 3, 2014

Terror bid foiled in Karachi, five held

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AFP
November 3, 2014

KARACHI: The personnel of Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Sindh, claimed to have foiled a terrorist plot aimed at the main Ashura procession by arresting five members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), including a bomber. Huge cache of explosives and an IED concealed in a motorcycle have also been recovered.
The AEC said the task to collect intelligence about the terror plots by the banned outfits during Moharram had been assigned to the CID Unit by the Sindh Police. In this regard, they had expanded their intelligence network to nab those involved in the act.
On Sunday afternoon, an informant tipped them that members of a banned outfit were present in the Kanwari Colony of Manghopir with a huge cache of weapons and explosives. Responding to the information, a team of AEC raided the area. On seeing the law enforcers, the accused opened fire which was retaliated and an encounter took place. The police after a brief encounter arrested Azeem Ahmed Sheikh, the Ameer of the group, with his four members Shahjehan alias Ahmed Ali alias Adnan, Farhan alias Guddu, Imran Hussain alias Thekedar and Mohammed Shakir. The accused were shifted to the investigation unit for probe.
During the search of their hideout, the police recovered 60 kilogrammes of explosives, IED (Improvised Explosive Device) concealed in a motorcycle, 10 ball bombs, four Kalashnikovs, six locally-made bombs, five TT pistols and hundreds of bullets.
During investigation, it was found that those held were members of the banned LeJ, who were trained in Waziristan and had the expertise in making IEDs and locally-made bombs. Moreover, Farhan alias Guddu is a would-be a bomber, who would have been used on the 10th Moharram for carrying out a suicide attack along with a prepared IED concealed in a motorcycle.
Moreover, the terrorists were also involved in sectarian killing cases in Karachi and Hyderabad. It was further disclosed by the accused, that recently they had killed 15 members of religious and political parties who were against their organisation. They were also involved in the killing of police officials.
They used to generate funds for the organisation by committing dacoities in different parts of the city.The police have also recovered a hit-list from the possession of accused persons which includes the names of CID officials and also the name of a former Station House Officer in New Karachi. They terrorists had also planned to attack a political party’s office in the coming days. Further investigations are under way.