KARACHI - Counter Terrorism Unit of Crime Investigation Department claimed to have killed a Karachi-based commander of Al-Qaeda, Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) with three comrades in an alleged encounter at Qayyumabad area on Friday.

CID on a tip-off claimed to have raided when militants were plotting a major terror activity in the city.

CID, CTU in-charge Raja Omar Khattab said that the militants had planned to attack vehicle of an intelligence officer which was intercepted by the police. CID in-charge Khattab said that militants were challenged which resulted to exchange of fire during which all the four militants were killed.

The bodies of terrorists were rushed to Jinnah postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) for autopsy. Deceased militants included Qaeda commander Sajjad alias Kargil, his comrades - Muhammad Hashim Yasin alias Yasir Arafat and Shamim alias Commando. Police claimed to have recovered a suicide jacket, hand grenades, weapons and ammunitions from their possession.

Police claimed the AQIS Karachi commander arrived in Pakistan from Bangladesh in 2009, acquired a national identity card through an agent and moved to Waziristan. He was appointed as the city commander in 2014 after taking oath before AQIS chief Asim Umer. Khattab said that Sajjad was an expert on assembling suicide vests and bombs.

In September 2014, another group of the AQIS had also attempted to hijack a Pakistani warship PNS Zulfiqar. The group’s involvement came into the knowledge when AQIS while claiming the responsibility said that they had to launch missiles at US Navy vessels in the Indian Ocean by hijacking PNS Zulfiqar. Six terrorists had attacked PNS Dockyard in the first week of September last year but the Navy officers countered the attack successfully and PND Dockyard’s equipment remained safe during the attack while two attackers were killed and four were arrested.

The encounter took place at the same spot where on February 2014, Rangers officer escaped a suicide bombing.

POLICE DAY CELEBRATED

Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Haider Jamali on Friday said the police day is celebrated to pay tribute to those police officials who sacrificed their lives while providing security to life and property of the people.   

A police statement said that the IGP has assured that the welfare activities for the police community especially for the heirs of the martyred policemen were going apace.  

These include residential, educational and health facilities along with provision of clean drinking water. Besides, the arrangements have been made for giving jobs to two members of a family of each martyred police official.

He said the Sindh government was taking every possible step for providing standard training to the police as well as required facilities. The IGP said the process of registration of online FIRs had also been started.