Arrested ‘TTP militant’ warns of Muharram attacks

Published: November 18, 2012

The suspect has told interrogators four suicide bombers are in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: 

Four suicide bombers are ready to carry out attacks at Muharram processions in Karachi, a suspected militant has told intelligence officials during interrogation.

Akhtar Mehsud, an alleged member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was arrested in a raid in Kunwari Colony of Manghopir. A suicide jacket, one walkie-talkie set, a few cameras, computers, hand grenades and weapons were also seized in the operation, police sources told The Express Tribune.

During interrogation, the suspect warned of attacks during the first 10 days of Muharram, claiming that four suicide bombers are already present in Karachi. Rickshaws and motorcycles are expected to be used to launch attacks, especially between Muharram 8 and Muharram 10.

Akhtar Mehsud was allegedly involved in attacks on security forces in the tribal areas. He is also being questioned about his group’s link to the blast at the Rangers residential complex in North Nazimabad that killed three Rangers and wounded several others. A few accomplices of the suspect were also arrested later.

SHO Nasir Mehmood neither confirmed nor denied the arrest. “Nothing can be said about this at the moment,” he said.

‘Target killers’ arrested

The Crime Investigation Department’s Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) claims to have arrested an alleged target killer associated with an “ethnic group” of Sindh.

Asghar Ali was arrested from Shershah in a raid, AEC officials said. A hand grenade and a TT pistol were also seized from the suspect.

During interrogation, Asghar Ali confessed his involvement in the targeted killings of six people, including a Muttahida Qaumi Movement worker, in Karachi.

Another suspected target killer was detained in a raid in the Surjani area. The accused identified as Zafar, according to police, was involved in targeted killings of at least six political activists.

Rangers also detained at least two political workers from Liaquatabad for their alleged involvement in targeted killings across Karachi. They were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2012.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Ali
    Nov 18, 2012 - 2:21AM

    The next step: the courts will release him. Our supreme courts!

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Nov 18, 2012 - 7:20AM

    Not Good....
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  • KFA
    Nov 18, 2012 - 7:57AM

    OOOOOOOOHHHHH interior minister protect killing by ban on processions just like ban on bikes and mobile phones?

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  • fakruddin
    Nov 18, 2012 - 9:08AM

    I hate being a Pakistani. Why are we killing Shias what have they done? Wasnt Jinnah a shia? Pakistanis wake up and help shias in their fight against wahhabis?

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  • Nov 18, 2012 - 10:53AM

    “Akhtar Mehsud, an alleged member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).”

    When will he be tried under the ATF or other laws?
    When will he be acquitted or convicted?
    Will he get effective protection from the police force or will he be allowed to escape?
    “SHO Nasir Mehmood neither confirmed nor denied the arrest.” Why? Does he not know how to perform his duties or has a “political payback” already commenced.

    Two other target killers caught in Shershah and Surjani confessed to killing people and activists in Karachi Shareef. Why is the name of the ethnic party in Sindh being withheld or for the matter any political affiliation or membership?

    If we want to protect and save Pakistan, it is time to start updating and revising our outmoded laws, their trials in courts, train the LEAs to give effective results and reorient the focus of our politicos. The time is NOW. A generation awaits jobs and getting ahead with their lives.

    Salams

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  • M Ali Khan
    Nov 18, 2012 - 12:01PM

    @KFA:
    funny enough that would actually what the TTP-ASWJ-LeJ would want! They want all Shia processions, majalis, and jaloos banned since they are so “biddah-phobic”.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 18, 2012 - 1:05PM

    @Ali:

    do not blame the courts to release them, even Rehman Malik has said only yesterday, that Parliament has failed to legislate laws to convict terrorists including weak investigation & prosecution & no ” witness protection ” program.Under these short comings the courts are bound to release them due to time bar, insufficient evidence & weak prosecution.Take recent Wali khan case, the last witness of total 11 have been killed, so even though some high profile arrest have been made, there is no witness as one of the most important requirement of law & hence, these terrorists will be released…is it then fault of court.Laws are made by the Parliament, not court…so do not start blaming on courts if you are not aware of the prevailing system in Pakistan….some laws we are using are of Pre-Partition era & are still being used…who has to change this ? Parliament….but who has time, all MPs who have to draft laws as per prevailing ground realities & pass it as law, are busy in looting & plunder.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 18, 2012 - 1:30PM

    ………the next step is to catch these four. If they are not caught its a failure on the part of the Interior Ministry.

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  • Wiki
    Nov 18, 2012 - 5:16PM

    @fakhruddin: I agree with you 100% but don’t make it sound like it’s a war between wahabbis and shias, the people who commit these dire crimes are simply Godless.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Nov 18, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Why cant they be killed in encounters? There is no other solution.

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  • aq
    Nov 19, 2012 - 12:30AM

    It all started when Bhutto gave in to mullahs for his political advantage to declare Ahmadis non muslim . sorry to say Shias participated with other mullahs to do this hateful act.

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  • Human
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:14AM

    Ban the Rallies . Save Lives

    Take up a Big Ground have the rally in that & if one bombs them they all will be shaheeds .
    This way those who don’t want to die will not

    Save the Innocents , save their homes , shops & vehicles.

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  • Owais Khan
    Nov 19, 2012 - 2:37PM

    I pray for Pakistan and for the people of Pakistan

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