KARACHI - Crime Investigation Department (CID) claimed to have arrested six persons allegedly involved in Rummy Club bombing incident and target killings in Karachi.
The arrests were made in two separate raids. One of the six accused was arrested over rummy club bombing while five others were arrested over their involvement in target killings and other criminal activities. Their arrests were disclosed on Monday during a Press conference by Sindh Inspector General of Police Fayyaz Leghari at Central Police Office. IGP Fayyaz Leghari revealed that a newly formed terror-outfit known as 'Al-Mukhtar groupwas involved in the attack at the rummy club known as 'The Birch Club located in the Ghas Mandi area that claimed 22 lives and injured over 50 others. He said that the group demanded Rs two million from the club owner and warned of attack. The administration of club declined to fulfil the demand. IGP said that CID team has arrested one accused, namely Mustafa Rehman Orakzai alias Yaqoob Commando, son of Syed Rehman Orakzai after a brief encounter in Super Highway within the jurisdiction of Sohrab Goth police station.
'We have also recovered 20kg of explosives, one BM rocket, two hand grenades and two TT pistols, Leghari stated.
'Omer Baloch is the group leader who plotted the terror activity accompanied by Mustafa, Dawood and Abid, he said.
He further stated that the group has links with the terror outfits in Wana and Waziristan and also got training from there.
He said that Omer Baloch planned for a bomb attack at the rummy club with his companions after proper monitoring of the security situation in the club.
Later, they made a bomb weighing two-and-a-half kg explosive on an iron box and connected detonator with the mobile phone.
He said that culprits reached club on April 21 and left the box while playing the game.
They planted bomb under the table and left the club, which exploded by making a phone call after they reached at the Ranchore Lane Chowk.
IGP Leghari further said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah also announced Rs 1 million for the CID team.
Meanwhile, CID police has arrested five target killers involved in more than 100 cases of target killings across the City.
The arrested culprits were also involved in various heinous cases of crime including robberies and kidnappings for ransom.
IGP said group leader Liaquat Bangash alias Liaquat tension and his companions Faizan, Muhammad Azeem Khan, Arshad Khan and Liaquat Yousufzai were arrested from Pehlwan Goth area, Gulistan-e-Jauhar alongwith three hand grenades, four Kalashnikovs and one repeater.
Fayyaz Leghari, however, claimed that the group has been involved over 100 cases of target killings.
He explained that the areas included Pehlwan Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Sharah-e-Faisal, Airport were badly affected because of the said gang.
He said that the police was also looking for the arrests of over 200 members of this group.
However, IGP denied the links of the arrested persons with the Awami National Party while the accused Bangash was allegedly known as senior leader of ANP and was involved in the killing of his rival gang members of Mudasir Chief detained in Central Prison Karachi.