Monday, January 25, 2010

Karachi Shia Procession Attackers Arrested

Pakistani police today said they had arrested four alleged members of the Jundullah terror group on charges of involvement in bomb attacks on three Shia processions in the southern port city of Karachi last month. Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmed told a news conference that the arrested men belonged to the banned Jundullah group. He said they had confessed to their involvement in the attacks on Shia processions in Karachi on December 26, 27 and 28. The third attack was the most deadly as 43 people, including women and children, lost their lives. However, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had told parliament earlier this month that the attacks were carried out by the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group. Ahmed said the arrested men were also planning to attack security forces personnel. They had also confessed to their alleged involvement in several bank robberies in Karachi, he added. The men identified as Murtaza alias Shakeel, Shakeeb Farooqi, Wazeer Muhammad and Murad Shah were arrested while travelling in a taxi in Hawksbay area early this morning. Ahmed also 37 people were arrested on charges of indulging in arson in the wake of the bomb attack on December 28. The attack had triggered widespread protests across Karachi. (Courtesy: PTI, Islamabad)

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