KARACHI:  Three terrorists of a banned outfit were apprehended late Thursday night, during joint action conducted by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and officials of the intelligence department in Mehmoodabad area of Karachi.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) CTD 2 Junaid Sheikh, arrested terrorist Arifullah belongs to the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi outfit while other 2 terrorists Shams-ud-Din and Naimatullah belong to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) outfit.

Shams-ud-Din had fought against the security forces during Lal Masjid operation.

Police have stated that all 3 terrorists are trained and used to send Rs. 3 million to Afghanistan from Karachi, collecting the money on the pretext of donation or through extortion.

Security agencies also achieved  a major breakthrough regarding Safoora attack which took place last year in May when 12 terrorists opened fire in a bus resulting assassination of 45 members of Ismaili community whereas 2 more terrorists have been arrested by the agencies.

Till now, 10 terrorists have been arrested out of 12. The arrested terrorists belong to Al-Qaeda but Daesh’s name has also been used. Bloodstained clothes recovered from terrorists also resulted positive after DNA tests.

According to security agencies, raids have been conducted to arrest 2 more terrorists Mahmood and Sharmila involved in the attack.

On the other hand, police took 37 alleged suspects into custody during a crackdown against crime in the city.

According to the details, police conducted the search operation in Orangi Town area. A heavy contingent of police sealed the entry and exit points of the area and searched each house during which 27 alleged suspects were taken into custody.

Police also conducted the search in Baldia Ittehad Town area during which 9 alleged suspects were taken in custody.

Police say an interrogation of those taken into custody is being conducted.