Jihadi network of students involved in attack on Ismailis’: investigators

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By Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Though a splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, named Jundullah, has taken responsibility of the Safora carnage, investigators have founded evidences which indicate that the brazen attack against Ismaili community was a handiwork of the same group which had gunned down two deputy superintendents of police earlier this month.

A senior investigator told this scribe on the condition of anonymity that some of weapons used in attack on Ismaili’s bus matched with armed being used in killing of senior police officers.

According to police sources the Light Machine Gun (LMG) used in the attacked had been snatched from police some days ago. “However, the 9MM pistol used in the attack matches the weapons being used in the incidents in which we believe are carried by local and young network of global terrorist outfits”,  a senior police officer told Daily News.

The sources also called the IS pamphlet recovered from spot as part of the tactics by the group which wants to detract law enforcers.

According to a report a Jihadi network of youths – which is active in the troubled metropolis for quite some time now – had been found involved in the killing of two deputy superintendents of police (DSP) recently shot down in Karachi.

DSP Abdul Fateh Sangri was shot dead along with his guard and driver in an ambush in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of the city on Friday, May 1, whereas DSP Zulfiqar Zaidi, who was the security in-charge of Sindh High Court and the Sindh Secretariat, was killed along with a friend Shahzad in an act of targeted killing on Saturday May, 8 in Shah Faisal colony of the city.

Proscribed outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed the responsibility of the murder of Sangri but investigators are not ready to believe as the evidences tell an altogether different story and disconfirm the claim, the report published here stated.

In Zaidi case, the law enforces had ruled out the possibility of any sectarian or other motives due to personal enmity of Zaidi with some people.  “However the evidences collected from crime scenes in both acts hint at the involvement of a group of young and active Jihadi youths” a senior official told this scribe on the condition of anonymity.

Weapons used in both incidents match with each others, confirming that a single group has gunned down both police officials, sources added.

The law enforcers had found empty shells from the murder spot of DSP Abdul Fateh Sangri. Sources inform that the bullets had been fired with five weapons, with a breakup of five being fired from one, four from the second, five from the third, eight from the fourth and four from the fifth.

The bullets shells were sent to forensic which reveal that one of the weapons used in the assassination of DSP Fateh Sangri had also been used in the killing of the one Asad Ali Chawla s/o Aftab Chawla who was killed in the remits of Baloch Colony police station in April 2014. According to reports when Chawla, 24, was sitting at his Cement Depot the gunmen came and targeted him.

Though initially police had claimed that the killing of Chawla was a result of nonpayment of extortion money, however later the murdered turned out to be the handiwork of a global terrorist group.

Originally Published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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