CID claims to foil terror plot in Karachi
06 October, 2012
KARACHI: Anti Extremist Cell (AEC) of Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Friday claimed to have nabbed seven members of outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), including the party's Karachi chief, from Mauripur area and recovered a heavy cache of weapons from their possession.
These arrests were disclosed during a press conference at Police Headquarters, Garden where DIG CID Kamran Fazal along with AEC chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam informed media about arrests.
AEC officials also claimed to have foiled a bid to commit massive killings as terrorists were planning to carry out major terrorist activities in Karachi, including invasion in Central Jail to get their accomplices released, and attacking their self-acclaimed rival Shia community people. Aslam said that alleged members of LeJ were identified as Karachi chapter chief Mehmood Babar, Fahim-ul-Haq alias Bihari, Tahir alias Mota, Abid alias Abbasi, Arif, Enayatullah alias Maya and Rafiq alias Inam.
He claimed to have recovered 125 kilogrammes of highly explosive material, seven suicide jackets, a rocket launcher, six rocket shells, two Kalashinkoves, four TT pistols, three 9mm pistols, 50 feet detonator wire, three detonators and hundreds of bullets from their possession.
DIG CID Fazal told media that arrested militants were involved in many cases of sectarian and political killings. He said that during initial investigation, the accused confessed to kill rival persons on the directives of LeJ Pakistan chief Asif Chotu from Waziristan.
Talking about the planning of arrested alleged LeJ men, he said that the terrorists first had to hit a van of the school belonging to Shia sect at Mauripur area with an explosive laden vehicle and at the same time, their other accomplices had to attack the central jail with another explosive laden vehicle. He said one of the arrested persons Mehmood Babar had also been arrested earlier and was released in 2008 after facing an imprisonment for at least seven years.