ISLAMABAD, Dec 8: Nine alleged terrorists affiliated with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TPP) were arrested during separate raids in different parts of the capital's rural area on Thursday, sources close to the development told this reporter.
The arrests were made from the precinct of the Shahzad Town police but the police showed ignorance about the development.
However, a senior police officer on condition of anonymity confirmed that five alleged terrorists were picked up from the area of Pindorian in the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town police.
The officer added: “Today, the police arrested five terrorists during a raid but due to some reasons their details are not being disclosed.”
The office of the inspector general of police Islamabad said the arrests were made during a joint operation conducted by the Shahzad Town police and the Crime Investigation Department (CID). The arrested persons are in the custody of the CID and being investigated to trace and arrest their accomplices in the capital, if any,” the office added.
Some days back, the suspects were spotted by the CID in the area which led to their arrest during a raid conducted there.
The alleged terrorists were identified as Rasool Khan, Idrees Khan, Dilaram Khan, Hazrat Ali and Nadir Khan, natives of Kabul and Swat.
They were allegedly involved in several attacks on security forces and their convoys in Swat and Mingora during the military operation there. The five-member group was in hiding at a rented house located in Pindorian for the last a couple of months.
Earlier, in another raid conducted by law enforcement agencies in the area of Khana, four alleged terrorists were arrested from a rented house, sources closed to the arrests said.
They were affiliated with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan's Swat chapter and identified as Rahim Behram Khan, Ali Khan, Muzamil Khan and Ustad Sumair, all residents of Swat.
The sources said the suspects were also hiding in a rented house in the area for the last a couple of months. They were allegedly involved in militancy and scores of attacks, including an ambush on security forces in Swat.
The sources said after their identification, the suspects had gone into hiding and later came to the capital city and hired a house in Khana on rent. Intelligence and vigilance mounted in the area led to the arrest of the terror suspects.
The arrested men were shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigations, the sources added.