-By Our Correspondent
Lahore… Data Darbar suicide blast case had been successfully detected by CTD & IB jointly. JOTs (Joint Operation Teams) of CTD & IB conducted an IBO. Local facilitator of attack arrested. Explosives recovered. Hizb ul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of TTP found involved in the attack.
According to details the counter terrorism department (CTD) Punjab & IB got a big success. Their JOTs, working on multiple leads, got important info about the culprits involved in Data Darbar Suicide Blast of 8th May. A raid was conducted jointly inside Bhaati Gate Walled City Lahore. Local facilitator, Mohsin Khan r/o Shabqadar District Charsadda, was arrested. From his hisdeout, explosives have been recovered.
According to initial investigation, Suicide Bomber has been identified as Sadiqullah Momand. He was an Afghan national. He entered Pakistan on Afghan Passport with Pakistani Visa through Torkham crossing point on 6th May. On Pakistani side, he was received by his handler namely Tayyab Ullah @ Raaki r/o Mohmand Agency. Raaki brought him to Lahore. Both of them stayed with Mohsin during night of 7th May in a rented room in Mohallah Jalotian inside Bhaati Gate. Room had been rented by one Noor Zaib in which Mohsin was living. So Mohsin gave refuge to the Suicide Bomber & handler.
Evidence has shown that they (suicide bomber & handler) were carrying two casings of electronic MP3 Player, one containing a suicide jacket & other containing explosives. Jacket was used in the attack & explosives were kept for future terrorist attack. These explosives were recovered last night during the raid.
On morning of 8th May, the handler Raaki took the Suicide Bomber towards Data Darbar & launched him for staging the attack. When Suicide Bomber blew himself up near Elite Police Vehicle in front of Darbar, the handler Raaki left the area and fled away. Evidence has been collected regarding these events. Massive manhunt is underway to arrest the handler namely Raaki.
The arrested facilitator Mohsin Khan was radicalised by the handler few years back. Mohsin disclosed that Raaki had told him to keep explosives as he would come back for another attack. More important disclosures are expected from the arrested facilitator regarding larger network of terrorist organisation Hizbul Ahrar.
From: Spokesman CTD Punjab.