The Michani police on Wednesday morning busted terrorists engaged in sabotage activities in the city and recovered large quantities of explosives, suicide vests and other materials used in the production of bombs.
The police had received intelligence information that a local cleric in Hassan Garhi, Qari Iqbal, a resident of Lachi Kohat, was harbouring a suspicious man in his living quarters. Qari’s wife had reportedly locked the door from outside and left, making it seem as if no one was home to avoid suspicion.
Consequently, a police contingent was assembled and the house was raided. Though Qari managed to escape, the police arrested suspected terrorist Fazal-e-Malik, a resident of Tirah, Khyber Agency currently residing in Burj Nasir Khan Mathra.
“We have recovered four suicide jackets, 50 hand grenades, 40 electric detonators, 50 non-electric detonators, 23 receivers, 120 meter prima cards, 10 meter safety fuses, two remotes, two pocket phones (wireless sets), three time watches and two covers for suicide jackets,” said an official of the local police station. Extremist literature of the militant group, Harkatul Mujahideen, and a notebook detailing bomb-making instructions were also recovered from the house, he added.
“The suicide jackets were meant to be used in attacks inside the city and Fazal-e-Malik is an important catch for us,” said the official, adding an FIR had been registered against Malik, Qari and his wife.
Police said Qari’s father Qarar Gul was an employee of the Federal Lodges. “We are trying our best to arrest Qari,” said the official.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.