Three high-profile terrorists including an operational commander of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) having links with Al Qaeda and Taliban were apprehended during a raid in Rehri Goth, Bin Qasim Town on Monday, claimed the Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) of the Sindh policeâ€™s CrimeÂ Investigation Department (CID). Officials also claimed to have seized 50 to 60 kilogrammes of potassium nitrate, 30-metre detonatingÂ code, three detonators and three pistols from the possession of the captured terrorists. According to the Shiite News Monitoring desk, The alleged terrorists were identified as Rizwan Muqaddam, Munir Chandio and Ziauddin Mehsud alias Khan Mohammad alias Siddique, whose nameÂ was stated to be placed in the CIDâ€™s Red Book.Â Ziauddin was claimed to be a commander-in-operation and was deputed to carry out terrorist acts inÂ the metropolis by Qari Abid Mehsud, leader of his own LJ faction, who had also provided Rs 450,000Â for assistance. They were assigned to target people belonging to the Shia sect and, therefore, Ziauddin had deputedÂ Chandio from Khairpur for this purpose, especially after the killing of religious scholar Allama SherÂ Hyderi who was assassinated last year in Khairpur. During the initial course of interrogation, the arrested suspects also revealed that they had planned toÂ kill Gulshan-e-Iqbal Townâ€™s union councillor in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and active leaders and workers ofÂ Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan. AEC chief Senior Superintendent of Police Omer Shahid said the men were arrested while plotting forÂ an attack on the Karachi Central Jail to help their imprisoned companions escape and they had alsoÂ prepared an explosives-laden car for that purpose. He added, â€œThe threat is looming as one of their associates Wasim, the Karachi Amir for LJâ€™s QariÂ Abid Mehsud group, still possesses the car; but fortunately, Muqaddam, who had recently arrived in theÂ city after receiving training in making explosives-laden vehicles, was arrested in this raid.â€ Talking about Ziauddinâ€™s background, the AEC chief said his name was listed in the fourth edition ofÂ CIDâ€™s Red Book of wanted terrorists, and he was possibly involved in the assassination of SunniÂ Tehreek leadership in the Nishtar Park bomb blast and the killing of noted religious leader AllamaÂ Hassan Turabi. â€œZiauddin was also involved in the kidnapping for ransom case of noted transporter and North AtlanticÂ Treaty Organisation supplier Shaukat Afridi who was killed when a CID team had conducted raids onÂ militant hideouts in Baldia Town in 2008,â€ he added. The officer said these militants might also be linked to the recent terror incidents in the city, especiallyÂ the Chehlum bombings, and they were presently being questioned.Â He also said the arrested militants were on surveillance and were arrested with minor resistance. HeÂ informed that further investigation was underway.
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