KARACHI: A case has been registered against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Maulana Fazlullah and spokesman Shahidullah Shahid over the killing of SP CID Chaudhry Aslam.
The case, registered at PIB Colony Police Station, includes murder, terrorism and other charges against the accused.
Earlier, police said Naeemullah, the alleged attacker who rammed an explosive-laden van into the vehicle of Chaudhry Aslam, went missing seven days ago. According to SSP Niaz Khoso, Naeemullah’s mobile phone was shut down for the last three days. Police also raided the house of suspected bomber and arrested five of his family members, including his father Rafiullah, and two brothers Ghulamullah and Qari Siddique.
Police on Friday identified Naeemullah as the alleged suicide bomber who attacked Chaudhry Aslam. Naeemullah was a resident of Banaras Colony in Karachi and his father runs a madrassa in the area.
Police said a brother of Naeemullah had travelled to Peshawar in 2011 to carry out a suicide attack but returned after one of his accomplices was arrested. Upon further investigation police found that Naeemullah’s brother had been killed by the Taliban after his failure to carry out the suicide attack.
Police officials investigating the Thursday bomb attack had earlier believed that it was a remote-controlled blast. The investigators have found human remains at the site of bombing and a hospital examination showed that the pieces were of some unidentified person, suspected to be the suicide bomber.
The investigation team also found hands of the suspected bomber from the crime scene and later collected data about him through NADRA database. The database revealed the identity of the suspected bomber as Naeemullah. Sources said that Naeemuallah had been associated with Lashker-e-Jahngvi and later joined hands with the TTP. He had also received training in Afghanistan and Waziristan, sources added. Chaudhry Aslam, a top policeman renowned for his tough stance on criminals and militants, was killed in the car bomb attack in Karachi on Thursday.
At least 11 others were also wounded in the attack on Lyari Expressway near Essa Nagri. Two other policemen were killed alongside Aslam after a car packed with explosives rammed his vehicle. Chain-smoking Aslam, dubbed “Pakistan’s toughest cop” by local media and a celebrated figure in a country where citizens decry authorities’ failure to crack down on criminals and militants, has been targeted by the Taliban before. The Taliban have described Chaudhry Aslam’s death as a “huge victory”.
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