A court remanded an alleged Taliban militant on Tuesday in the custody of the CID’s Anti-Extremism Cell for two days.
Asad Ali alias Bhaijan alias Rafiullah, on trial for the murder of four policemen and two female polio workers, was taken to the court of Judicial Magistrate West Sohail Ahmed Leghari amid heavy security.
The court was informed that the accused was also found in possession of illegal arms. Remanding the suspect, the judge ordered police to complete the investigation within two days and then produce accused before the court.
SSP Mohammad Aslam Khan had told journalists that AEC personnel were heading towards Ittehad Town to conduct a raid on April 22when they were attacked by Taliban militants near Abu Huraira Masjid. After an encounter, they had Asad Ali, but his associates managed to escape. While searching the militants’ hideout, the police found two ready-to-use suicide jackets, two grenades and a 9mm pistol with bullets.
During interrogation, the suspect has revealed that he belonged to the TTP’s Fazalullah group operating in Karachi and was trained in preparing improvised explosive devices and other bombs in Waziristan.
He also admitted that he was the mastermind behind two bomb blasts in Landhi and some other terrorist attacks in the city. Ali had also confessed to his involvement in the two blasts in the Quaidabad earlier this year. He said his group wanted to kill the SHO and the SDPO of Quiadabad and he had prepared two IEDs and planted them near a garbage dump for this purpose.
He disclosed that the first bomb weighed one kilogram, and the second three kilograms.
According to their plan, militants exploded the low-intensity bomb first, and when the SHO and SDPO visited the scene, they detonated the bigger one, killing DSP Kamal Khan Mangan and ASI Nasir, and wounding SHO Quaidabad Amanullah Marwat, SI Akber Hussain, and head constable Nasir and Pervez Iqbal among other people.
He said after a TTP commander had ordered him to generate funds for the organisation, he along with his accomplices had attacked a cash van of Pakistan Post in Banaras, looted Rs400,000, killed two police constables Rizwan and Naeem and taken away the two policemen’s official guns.
The militant also confessed to murdering female polio workers Fehmida, wife of Zahid Shah, and Madiha, wife of Ataullah, in Gulshan-e-Buner on December 18 last year. He said he had also killed a man, Fazal Mohammad, on March 20 this year suspecting that he was a police informer.