KARACHI - Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Karachi Police on Saturday claimed to have seized a bomb factory of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Qaimkhani Colony of Mochko area and arresting three of its operatives. SIU chief Raja Umar Khattab confirmed the arrest of three TTP men and seizure of the factory besides recovering a large number of bombs within the Site Police Station precincts. SIU Police says the compound was also used to train the terrorists. According to details, on a tip-off, the three TTP operatives including Ghani Subhan, Maulana Rehman and Murad were arrested in a raid after a brief encounter. During the course of investigation, the culprits revealed the address of the bomb factory located from where explosive detonators, bottle bombs, pipe bombs and various other types locally made devices were recovered. Ghani Subhan was the ringleader of the said group who established the plant, the police said, adding that Subhan had earlier been arrested in 2006 by the CID police, but was later released on bail. Police also said the accused were involved in various criminal activities including the blasts at a net cafe in Baldia Town and a video shop in North Karachi. On the other hand, sources privy to the matter say the locals in Orangi Town also caught two more men, identified as Maulana Ishtiaq Mirza and Faiz Muhammad, who were trying to test a bomb. They were handed over to the area police and are being investigated by the SIU. Ishtiaq was the cleric of Masjid-e-Owais Qarni, Sector 11 Orangi Town, and is stated be associated with the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP).