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CTD arrests over 10 terrorists, facilitators involved in attack on Chinese engineers

Car elements can bee seen on the highway within the aftermath of the lethal suicide assault on bus carrying Chinese language engineers on March 26, 2024. — X/@WaliKhan_TK
  • TTP-affiliated community answerable for lethal assault: CTD sources.
  • Suicide bomber, car utilized in assault introduced in from Afghanistan.
  • CTD apprehends mastermind Hazrat Bilal’s two accomplices.

PESHAWAR: The Counter Terrorism Division (CTD) has arrested greater than 10 terrorists, facilitators concerned within the assault on Chinese language engineers in Shangla’s Bisham metropolis final week, sources informed Prime Time News24 on Monday.

As per the sources, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)-affiliated outfits are believed to be concerned within the March 26 lethal assault.

In the course of the assault, 5 Chinese language residents, together with a girl, and a Pakistani driver have been killed when their car was attacked in Shangla’s Besham metropolis as a suicide bomber crashed his explosives-laden car into the automobile carrying the victims.

Following the incident, the nation’s civil and army management notably Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Military Workers (COAS) Common Asim Munir condemned the assault vowing that the perpetrators answerable for the heinous assault can be dropped at justice.

In the meantime, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at Rawalpindi’s Nur Khan Airbase and a 30-second silence was noticed as our bodies of the deceased Chinese language nationals have been airlifted again to China.

Floral wreaths have been laid on behalf of the president, prime minister, military chief, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Workers Committee (CJCSC) Common Sahir Shamshad Mirza.

Within the aftermath of the assault, Chinese language firms overseeing operations on the websites of the Dasu and Diamer-Bhasha Dams, quickly suspended the civil work at each websites owing to safety issues.

Round 991 Chinese language engineers have been engaged on each tasks, whereas the native workers has been informed to remain at house until additional directions, an official engaged on the challenge confirmed to the publication.

Final week, a Chinese language investigation crew has additionally arrived in Pakistan to research the incident after China’s army expressed its willingness to work with Pakistan to reinforce the potential of the 2 nations to sort out numerous safety dangers and challenges together with terrorist assaults

The CTD sources say that the terrorist commander, answerable for bringing the suicide bomber to Pakistan from Afghanistan, has additionally been arrested in addition to 4 different facilitators.

Moreover, the investigation has revealed that the explosive-laden car used within the lethal assault was ready in Afghanistan and was subsequently transported to Dera Ismail Khan’s Darazinda by way of the Pak-Afghan Chaman border crossing in Balochistan.

From there, the car was transported to Chakdara in Decrease Dir — by way of a smuggler of non-custom paid autos — for which the motive force was paid Rs250,000. 

Nonetheless, safety forces have additionally arrested the facilitator answerable for transporting the car from Chaman to Chakdara.

Investigation crew sources say that the automobile was then dropped at the incident web site on the day of the assault after being parked for 10 days at the price of Rs500 per day.

The mastermind of the assault, Hazrat Bilal, can be needed by the safety forces for his involvement within the Dasu dam assault, the sources added.

With two accomplices of the suicide bomber already in custody, CTD expects that it’s going to quickly arrest Bilal as effectively.

The arrests, as per the CTD sources, have been made by utilising the cellular and SIM information of the suicide bomber which he had procured via a 3rd individual.



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