SUKKUR: A terrorist suspected of involvement in various terrorism incidents including the 2014 Karachi airport attack, the Mehran base attack and the murder of Superintendent Police Chaudhry Aslam and Amjad Sabri was killed on Monday in a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) encounter in Sukkur.
CTD carried out the raid on a tip-off that some terrorists are trying to enter Sindh from Balochistan. Teams of CTD from Larkana and Sukkur surrounded Sindh‘s adjoining border with Balochistan.
Three terrorists riding a motorbike opened fire on police when they were asked to stop on a checkpoint.
Police also shot at them in retaliation as a result of which one terrorist was killed whereas two others managed to flee from the scene.
Superintendant Police CTD Umer Shaid told media that the killed terrorist has been identified as Kamran Jamshed Bhatti and was affiliated with the Naeem Bukhari faction of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.
“Last November, we arrested some suspects from whom Amjad Sabri’s case, Karachi airport attack, Mehran base attack and the murder of Superintendent Police Chaudhry Aslam was detected. After Naeem Bukhari, Kamran Bhatti was the major figure in Lashkar-i-Jhangvi,” said the SP.
Police also recovered explosive material and weapons from the possession of the suspects. The area has been cordoned off for the arrest of the escaped terrorists.
In May 2011, armed militants stormed into Mehran airbase and destroyed three aircrafts and killed at least five people – four navy personnel and a foreigner.
Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) of Central Investigation Department (CID) Chaudhry Aslam and three other policemen from his squad were martyred in an explosion on Karachi s Lyari Espressway near Essa Nagri in January 2014.
Later in the same year in June, five-hour attack by militants on the international airport in Karachi left 28 people, including 10 attackers, dead but police managed to regain control of the terminal.
In June last year, Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was killed in a gun attack by unidentified miscreants in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi. NNI