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Police arrest two alleged Lej militants in Karachi

December 04, 2012

Police officers escort a detained suspect. — File Photo by AP

KARACHI: Apparently foiling a terrorist plan of a suicide attack on an Imambargah, police on Tuesday arrested two alleged militants belonging to banned Lashker-i-Jhangvi (LeJ) in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

According to police sources, Azizabad police resorted to counter-firing when suspects in a Highroof van refused to stop at a security check-point and opened fire on officials near the Karachi Academy in Azizabad.

Subsequently, two suspects— Hanif and Chiragh Deen— were arrested with two riffles and a bomb-detonator. However, the source said, Qari Ghulam, Riaz and Qari Ghulam Akber successfully fled the site.

Police suggests the arrested belong to the banned LeJ and were trained in Afghanistan’s Qandahar area.

According to initial interrogation, the source said, a stolen vehicle was being prepared for a suicide attack on an Imambargah in the city’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal neighbourhood. They wanted to hand over the vehicle to a suicide bomber in New Karachi’s Khamiso Goth, the police source added.