Law enforcement agencies have apprehended two suspects allegedly involved in Monday’s blast near the Chinese Consulate. They have been identified as Faizullah and Ibrahim.
While the police officials refused to deny or confirm the development, sources close to investigators say that the suspects belong to the outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and were taken into the custody during a raid in Khuzdar, Balochistan.
They were taken into custody by intelligence agencies, the sources said, adding that they were not handed over to Karachi police as their interrogation was still in the process.
It was learnt that Faizullah and Ibrahim bought the motorcycles which were used in the blast.
A Rangers personnel and another person were injured when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded near the Chinese Consulate on July 23 while bomb disposal squad hours later defused another bomb planted on another motorcycle near the Consulate.
The investigators had suspected the involvement of the nationalist organisations of Balochistan and Sindh in the blast and the police had also released the sketches of the two suspects who bought both the motorcycles in Akbar Road in Saddar about four days before the blast.
Clifton SP Dr Farrukh Ahmed said that he had also heard about the arrest of some suspects but he had no authentic information about them. He said that there was no major breakthrough into the case while further investigation was underway.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.