Police arrests Taliban planning Karachi attacks

November 30, 2010

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An arrested militant is presented to the media in Karachi.—Reuters/File photo

KARACHI: Police said they arrested four Taliban militants on Tuesday who were planning “terror attacks” in Karachi.

The four members of main militant umbrella group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were arrested during a police raid in the Sohrab Goth area, senior police official Omar Shahid told a press conference.

“The police are interrogating the four men, Amanuddin Munnoo, Ehsan Ullah, Barkat Ullah and Umer Sohrab, who had recently arrived in Karachi from North Waziristan tribal region,” Shahid said.

“They have told us that Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud sent them to Karachi to launch terror attacks,” Shahid said.

“They had plans to attack police offices, shrines and tombs and kill political and religious leaders who are against their extremist thoughts.”

Three suicide jackets, rifles, pistols and explosives had been recovered in the raid, he said.

The men were planning to bring suicide bombers to the city from North Waziristan but “the arrests foiled their attempts to strike terror in Karachi”, senior police official Mohammad Aslam Khan said.

He said investigators were questioning the suspects about the recent attacks on a police headquarters and a sufi shrine in Karachi.