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CTD sends Safoora terrorists’ laptop for forensic investigation

KARACHI, 19 DEC (DNA) – The Sindh Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Saturday sent the laptop seized from the two terrorists involved in the Safoora Goth massacre, which left 47 dead, for forensic investigation.

On Friday the CTD arrested the Chief Executive Officer of a private college and one other in Karachi on suspicion of abetting and facilitating the deadly Safoora attack which targeted the Ismaili community earlier in May this year.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Raja Umar Khattab the incharfe of the CTD told journalists that the suspects Adil Masood and Khalid Yousuf beclong to Al-Qaeda and that Masood was a business partner of Saad Aziz – one of the key accused in the case and a graduate from the city’s prestigious university IBA.

The CTD is looking interrogate the families of the terrorists but according to sources the families are also on the run. Two more individuals the CTD is trying to catch, Umer Jalal and Yousuf Abdullah are said to have left the country. The two are said to be masterminds of the Safoora attack.

rces claim the terrorists carried out the attack on the Ismaili community to join Daesh (also known as Islamic State). On Friday during his press conference, CTD in-charge Umer Khattab said Masood Butt who had been arrested from the city’s upscale Clifton, had been providing financial assistance to the suspected terrorists of the attack.

Five suspects – Saad Aziz, Muhammad Azhar Ishrat, Haafiz Nasir, Tahir Hussain Minhas and Asadur Rehman – are already under arrest for allegedly carrying out the terrorist attack and currently on judicial remand.

The suspects, besides killing at least 47 people of Ismaili community, are also allegedly involved in murder of T2F director Sabeen Mahmud, firing on a US academic living in Karachi Debra Lobo in area of Ferozabad police station, magnet-fitted bomb attacks on Naval officers in Karachi, suicidal attack on Brig Basit of Rangers, grenade attacks on private schools in Nazimabad and North Nazimabad, bomb blast and target killing of Bohri community in Arambagh, North Nazimabad, Bahadurabad and in Hyderabad, bomb attacks on police mobile vans and killings of police personnel at various locations in Karachi.

The CTD in-charge said Adil Masood Butt is an educated person and established the private college with the help of his friends in 1994. He said four suspicious people were also arrested with Masood. Khattab added that women had also been playing key roles in terror activities, adding that no woman was arrested in connection with the attack thus far.

Two suspects were arrested from Mehmoodabad while two arrests were made in DHA and Baloch Colony, he said. Khattab said a 90-day physical remand of the suspects had been secured from an anti-terrorism court (ATC) court in Karachi.The suspects had been propagating their ideology through writings for many years. He went on to say that Adil Masood also has affiliations with Tanzeem-e-Islami. DNA

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