KARACHI: The police arrested three alleged terrorists of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jaghnvi (LeJ) after a brief shootout at Manghopir Road in Karachi on Thursday.
The police claimed the encounter was not planned.
The alleged terrorists were riding two motorcycles when a police mobile intercepted them for routine check but the suspects opened fire at the police, narrated DSP Asghar Usman while talking to The Express Tribune.
After a brief shootout, the police succeeded in arresting the alleged terrorists while one of their member managed to escape, said DSP Usman, adding that the police also recovered 30kg explosive material, two 9mm and one 30 bore pistol from their possession.
The police claimed that Shaukat Sardar alias Usman alias Usama confirmed affiliation with the LeJ while Inamullah alias Farooq and Tawakkal alias Waziri said that they worked for the TTP.
DSP Usman claimed that Sardar confessed his involvement in at least three targeted killings of a sectarian nature.
“They have formed a new group comprising 14 or 15 persons in the area to expand the racket of extortion and those who denied money were targeted with hand grenades,” said the police officer.
In 2010, Sardar along with his aide killed a salesman Shahzad Raza in Bahadurabad area and few months later murdered Pasban-e-Aza president Nayyar Zaidi in Chenesar Goth area.
Sardar also confessed the recent killing of Jaffaria Alliance leader Agha Aftab Haider Jafari and Mirza Shahid Ali near the parking plaza located in Saddar, said the officer.