LAHORE: The Punjab Police claimed to have foiled a large-scale terror bid during Muharramul Haram, arresting two active members of Hakimullah Mehsud group, chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The suspects were allegedly involved in various incidents of terrorism including attacks on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Kamra base, camps of armed forces, police picket in Gujrat, revealed Inspector General of Police Punjab Haji Habibur Rehman on Friday.
While addressing a press conference at the Police Club, the IG Police said that a huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosive material have been recovered from the possession of the arrested terror suspects including:
Five suicide vests, two IEDs, two AK-47 assault rifles, one official used rifle MP5, 75 kilogramme explosive material sufficient for preparation of 60 more suicide jackets, 25 hand grenades, 58 manual detonators manual, 25 electronic detonators, three detonating cards, seven timers, 11 remote control devices, 12 batteries, two mobile chips, a huge quantity of magazines, bullets and other bomb-making gear.
The arrested suspects, Shafiq and his son Abdul Rehman, had earlier killed four police officers, seized an official rifle and escaped.
This incident took place in March this year.
The IG Police further informed the media that these suspects had also attacked a temporary Army camp set up near the Chenab River bank and killed seven soldiers and injured five.
IG Police Rehman also revealed that the said group was involved in Kamra base attack and one accomplice of the arrested suspects was killed during the assault.
“The group has gathered arms, ammunition and explosive material in Gujrat, to carry out massive terrorist attacks in the area and other parts of Punjab during Muharram,” the IG Police said. The militants hid this material at their residence situated in Mauza Sagr, he added.
IG Police stated that the first active member – Shafiq – was arrested by a team of Gujrat Police and Elite Force officer, led by District Police Officer (DPO) Gujrat Raja Basharat Mehmood. He said the son was later arrested in the jurisdiction of Police Station Civil Line Gujrat.
Two separate cases have been registered against the terrorist group and the IG police said he is hopeful about arresting five other active members identified during the course of initial interrogation.