CTD seeks JIT to investigate two ‘SRA militants’


The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) chief Omar Shahid has penned a letter to the Sindh police chief seeking constitution of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the two arrested Sindh Revolutionary Army militants’ involvement in terrorism activities.


In the letter, he stated that the terror suspects, named Mumtaz Ali Soomro alias Molai and JavedMangrio aka Jao, were arrested on April 12. Explosive material and hand grenade were seized from their possession.


During initial interrogation, the CTD chief said they made revelations about their involvement in multiple attacks, including those on the Rangers personnel. Besides, they confessed to facilitating the PSX attackers, he added.


He demanded that a JIT be constituted to conduct further investigation against both the suspects.


Addressing a press conference the other day, Omar Shahid said Soomro was arrested in a joint operation with Rangers and intelligence agencies from Tariq Road. “He was planning a bomb attack with a remote-controlled magnetic device on the vehicle of a foreign restaurant owner.”


Upon further investigation, the police officer said another suspect, who, he said, is the commander of the banned SRA Karachi, JavedMangrio was arrested and a hand grenade was recovered from him.


On Monday, two men were arrested for planting explosive outside a restaurant, Deputy Inspector General of Counter Terrorism Omar Shahid Hamid has said.


The Bomb Disposal Squad defused the bomb planted on a motorcycle near Jheel Park off Karachi’s Tariq Road on April 12.


The men were identified as Mumtaz Soomro and JavedMangrio. The police said they belong to a banned organisation named Sindh Republic Army.


“Soomro tried to plant an Intermittent Explosive Device outside a Chinese restaurant,” Hamid said at a media briefing. “From there, his technological locking took place and he was arrested.”Soomro’s investigation led to Mangrio’s arrest.


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