KU bombing planned by two banned groups: Sharjeel

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Suspect in custody was trained in ‘neighbouring country

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Tuesday that the April 26 Karachi University suicide bombing was a joint plan by the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), in which a “neighbouring country” had played a role.

In April, a female suicide bomber, Shari Baloch, detonated herself outside KU’s Confucius Institute killing three Chinese teachers and their local driver. At the time, the BLA had claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a meeting on Monday with a Chinese delegation at the Chief Minister House, Sindh police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon had disclosed that an “important suspect” had been taken into custody.

In Tuesday’s press conference, Memon said that the suspect, who he termed a terrorist, had revealed that the KU attack was the joint work of the BLF and the BLA.

He said that at the time, the BLA had claimed responsibility and had also released video statements “proudly” taking credit for the cowardly attack.

After that, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) collected CCTV footage, conducted geo-fencing and DNA sampling which led to the arrest of the BLF commander in Karachi, he said, identifying the suspect as Daad Baksh.

“During the investigation process, the suspect made important revelations. He said that he was the commander of a BLF sleeper cell in Karachi,” the minister said. The suspect also said that he had been conducting investigation against different BLA targets on the orders of his organisation’s commander, Khalil Baloch alias Musa, Memon said. He had conducted a recce of sensitive installations and of Chinese citizens working at KU, the minister added.

He went on to say that the suspect met with the husband of the female suicide bomber, Dr Haibastan Bashir, and another “important terrorist” .

 

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