Shikarpur attack: Terrorist claims link with both TTP, Afghan Taliban

Says he wanted to avenge his father’s death

Arshad Shaheen September 18, 2016
Pakistani security officials gather around the body of a suicide bomber after an attack on a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur in Sindh province, around 470 kilometres north of Karachi on September 13, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: A terrorist, who tried to carry out a suicide attack in Shikarpur last week, has revealed that his family had contacts both with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar as well as outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan  chief Mullah Fazlullah.

Two suicide terrorists attacked a prayer gathering in Khanpur area of Shikarpur on the first day of Eidul Azha. However, the attempt was foiled by a policeman, who gunned down one of the attackers. The arrested terrorist, Usman, was caught by the worshippers.

After his arrest, Usman was shifted to Karachi where he made these confessions. He is being interrogated by Counter Terrorism Department in-charge Raja Umar Khattab.

According to Express News, Usman said his father Rahamullah was arrested during Swat operation. On his release, he had left for Afghanistan, where he was killed in a drone attack.

He said his family lived in Karachi’s Baldia Town two years back. However, when the Rangers-led Karachi operation intensified, he and his family left the area and stayed in Balochistan’s Hub  area before shifting to Quetta.

Usman said became active there again but then Rangers arrested his uncle Noor Gul. He said on Eidul Azha, he had come to Shikarpur to avenge his father’s death.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2016.


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