Officials of the Sindh Police Counter-Terrorism Department killed one and detained five alleged terrorists in an intelligence operation in Karachi on Monday, and, according to officials, foiled a possible terror attack.
A shootout took place at Shah Latif Town between the suspects and law enforcement officers, CTD Deputy Inspector General Omar Shahid Hamid said, adding that a stun grenade was also used in the action.
An warning had previously been released by the National Anti Terrorism Authority expressing concerns of a major terrorist attack in the region, Hamid said.
DIG Hamid said that among the arrested suspects, foreigners were present and a rickshaw loaded with explosives was discovered at their hideout for possible use in a suicide attack, which was defused by members of the bomb disposal squad.
In the action, guns, explosives and suicide jackets were recovered as well, he added.
A press conference on the incidents will be arranged at the CTD DIG office at 3pm today, the police added. The press talk will also be attended by Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Sindh Police Inspector General Mushtaq Mahar.
DIG Hamid said that foreigners were present among the detained suspects and a rickshaw loaded with explosives was found at their hideout for potential use in a terror attempt that members of the bomb disposal squad had defused.
There were also weapons, explosives and suicide jackets recovered in the action, he said.
A press conference on the accidents will be held today at 3 pm at the CTD DIG headquarters, the police added. Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Sindh Police Inspector General Mushtaq Mahar will also attend the press speak.
Speaking about the probe, Hamid said the CTD had obtained intelligence that certain persons had raised funds from Pakistan that had been sent by different means to IS militants in Syria. Police arrested the suspect and confiscated two cell phones from his hands on December 17, 2020, based on a tip-off.