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Terrorists held in Mansehra were planning to target CPEC, police say

Updated March 14, 2019

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The terrorists were also wanted for attacking a US charity, World Vision. — AFP/File
The terrorists were also wanted for attacking a US charity, World Vision. — AFP/File

MANSEHRA: The police claimed that the five terrorists arrested in Mansehra district had planned to target the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

‘High-profile’ terrorists Mohammad Talah and Tayyab Shah and their accomplices, including Ahmad Shah, Aizaz Shah and Salahuddin, were produced in a news conference here.

District police officer Zaibullah Khan said the terrorists were held in an operation jointly carried out by the police, security forces and counter-terrorism department in a village near Baffa area. He said the terrorists were wanted for attacking a US charity, World Vision.

He, however, said he couldn’t share the details of the CPEC attack plans with the media due to their sensitive nature.

He said the terrorists killed eight staff members of INGO World Vision, including four women, in Dogai area in 2010.

“The terrorists belonging to the banned militant outfit, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, were also wanted for attacking the Pakistan Army’s convoy in Shinkiari, targeting an imambargah in Palas area, assaulting police in different parts of the district, and committing targeted killings,” he said.

Mr Zaibullah said the terrorists, who were expert at the making and blasting of indigenous explosive devices, had undergone a training session in Waziristan.

He said the arrested men also exploded CD shops and target killed a man in Mansehra and Torghar districts.

KILLED: A man and his son were killed over a petty issue in Safada area here on Tuesday night.

Family members of Mohammad Niaz and his neighbour Mohammad Saleem held heated exchanges over the throwing of stones at the latter’s house.

Mohammad Niaz and his son Abdul Rehman indiscriminately fire bullets on Mohammad Saleem and his son Mohammad Rizwan, who suffered critical injuries.

The injured were shifted to the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital, where the doctors declared both of them dead.

Also in the day, Afghan woman Sadia Bibi and her daughter, Haleem Bibi, were buried alive when their house collapsed in Madni area. The residents retrieved both of them and shifted them to the hospital, where the doctors pronounced Sadia Bibi dead.

Published in Dawn, March 14th, 2019