CTD, Rangers arrest five banned TTP terrorists in Sindh

KARACHI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and Rangers have arrested five terrorists of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Jamshoro, Sindh on Monday.

Sindh Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Omer Shahid Hamid while addressing a press conference said that CTD and Rangers have arrested five terrorists of a banned outfit during a joint operation near Jamshoro.

Omer Shahid further said the arrested terrorists belonged to the proscribed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and they had planned an attack on a police training center in the provincial capital.

The official said that suicide jackets with detonators, grenades, guns, the police uniform, and a map of the police center which they planned to attack were seized in the joint operation.

According to the CTD official, the arrested terrorists were involved in various incidents of terrorism in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Earlier, CTD claimed to have apprehended two militants associated with the proscribed outfit Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA).

According to sources,  Mumtaz Soomro, one of the militants, was arrested outside a foreign restaurant on Karachi’s Tariq Road. The suspect wanted to target the restaurant owner’s car as explosives planted on a motorcycle and remote control were recovered following information provided by him, sources added.

Sources said the CTD later arrested suspect Javed Mangrio on information disclosed by Soomro. He revealed a hand grenade and explosive material were recovered from Mangrio, who he said, is SRA’s Karachi commander.

During interrogation, both suspects made startling revelations, sources said. They supplied arms to the BLA terrorists behind the PSX attack. Four Kalashnikovs and bullets were provided on the order of Commander Sajjad, sources disclosed.

In addition to that, sources said the suspects were involved in multiple attacks, including on the Rangers personnel, a Jamaat-e-Islami rally in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and PTI leader Haleem Adil Shaikh’s train march.