KARACHI -

The Crime Investigation Department police claimed to have arrested mastermind of Landhi twin blasts Asad aka Bhai Jan aka Rafiullah.

Addressing a news conference, Anti-Extremist Cell chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan claimed that being tipped off, a team conducted raid in Baldia Town and arrested the accused, recovering two suicide jackets, two hand grenades and a pistol from his possession. He said that the accused during initial interrogation has confessed his association with the outlawed TTP’s Fazalullah Group. He said the accused was also the mastermind of the twin blasts in Landhi area in which three people including DSP Kamal Khan Mangan and ASI Akbar lost their lives on January 24 this year.  The AEC chief said besides the bomb blasts, the accused has also confessed to have killed Fehmida and Madiha, the female workers of anti-polio teams in Landhi’s Gulshan-e-Bunair on December 18, 2012.

The accused is also involved in target killings of two police constables, Rizwan and Naeem, in Banaras area.

The SSP said the accused and his accomplices were planning to disrupt the upcoming elections by carrying out terror activities in the city.