Five militants of al Qaeda India arrested in Karachi

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KARACHI: Police clai­med on Thursday to have arrested five militants belonging to the newly formed Al Qaeda India (AQI) group allegedly involved in the terrorist attack on Navy’s dockyard in September.

They were arrested during a raid in old Haji Camp, Napier, by personnel of the CID’s anti-extremism cell. Police said 10 kilograms of explosive material, two rifles, three pistols and some ammunition had been recovered from their possession.

The suspects were identified as Qari Shahid Usman, Asad Khan, Fawad Khan, Shahid Ansari and Usman, aka Islam.

A CID official said Qari Shahid Usman was chief of AQI in Karachi. The group’s country head is Asim Umar.

The official claimed that the suspects had planned and funded the attack on the dockyard in which several attackers and Navy personnel were killed.

He also claimed that they were plotting another attack on the dockyard.

Earlier on December 9, the man who prepared a suicide bomber for the 2007 Karsaz blast on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in a police encounter in Karachi couple of days ago.

During a Crime Investigation Department encounter in Manghopir, Firdos Khan, who was affiliated with the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mehsud group, was killed.

However, his accomplices managed to flee from the scene.