HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police recovered materials used in preparing improvised explosive devices (IED) during a raid in the late hours of Monday at a residential unit in Qasimabad.
According to the police, the material allegedly belonged to a group which was involved in an IED explosion on Qasimabad Road, which killed a man, on January 29.
The bomb disposal squad's in-charge, Ramzan Panhwar, said that around 500 grammes of explosives, bullets, batteries, remote and wires were recovered. According to him, a similar device was used in the explosion on December, 2016, outside the Sindh Agriculture University which targeted the Rangers. A shadowy group, Sindhu Desh Liberation Army, was blamed for that incident which left a Rangers personnel, injured along with a civilian.
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A police source said that two suspects, Murtaza Abro and Muzafar Nagraj, had been arrested after the January 29 explosion in Hyderabad. During the interrogation, the two suspects reportedly disclosed to the police the identities of their alleged accomplices and their whereabouts after which a raid was conducted at a bungalow in Abdullah Villas Monday night.
The house belonged to an employee, Azizullah Magsi, of Lakhra Power House. He had rented the upper floor of his house to two individuals, Mazhar Panhwar and Salman, whom the police suspect to be associates of Abro and Nagraj. According to the police, Mazhar and Salman were not present at the place at the time of the raid.
The security agencies have been suspecting the involvement of a nationalist terrorist group in low intensity explosions in urban areas as well as on railways tracks and power pylons. The police had registered the FIR of the January 29 blast on the state's complaint against unidentified attackers. The four suspects are likely to be nominated in that FIR.