The Sindh Rangers and police, in a joint operation conducted on the basis of intelligence, claimed to have arrested two terrorists of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
According to the Rangers’ spokesperson, the terrorists were identified as Muhammad Kamal Khan and Abdul Qadir.
They were involved in extortion and cases of target killings of traders in different areas of Karachi including Sadr, Mangopir and Banaras. Kamal Khan is the leader of the group.
According to the spokesperson, a businessman from Karachi had lodged a complaint that he was being called from different numbers in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the callers were demanding extortion money from him.
The terrorists, who were involved in extortion and target killings, used to get instructions from a TTP terrorist, Afsar Khan alias Arshad, who is in Afghanistan.
The arrested terrorists would share the mobile numbers of local businessmen of Karachi with Afsar Khan in Afghanistan.
The spokesperson further revealed that when the terrorists would receive extortion money from the traders, they sent the money to Afghanistan. If a trader refused to give money, they would either injure him or kill him, he added.
During the initial investigation, the terrorists confessed to sharing the mobile numbers of Karachi’s five businessmen with their boss in Afghanistan. They also confessed to giving extortion slips and killing two businessmen for non-payment of extortion money.
The spokesperson said that the terrorists have been handed over to police which would take further action against them.