PESHAWAR: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has arrested facilitator of a suicide bomber involved in the Peshawar Police Lines blast in January this year.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the Additional Inspector General (AIG) CTD, Shaukat Abbas said that planning for attack on Police Lines was made in Afghanistan, which was carried out by the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Al-Ihrar Group.
He said that the masterminds and handlers of the Police Lines suicide bombing attack have been traced while an accomplice of the suicide bomber, Imtiaz Khan has also been arrested. Both the suicide bomber and his accomplice Imtiaz have got training in a center of Afghanistan.
The AIG CTD said that the mastermind of the suicide attack has been identified as Ghafaar alias Salman, who was in contact with the suicide bomber on the day of the attack. The organizational name of the suicide bomber was Qari and the name of his facilitator was also known, but it could not be revealed at this stage.
Earlier, the Peshawar Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) announced an Rs10 million reward for anyone providing information about the bomber, who blew himself up at a mosque in Peshawar’s Police Lines, and his facilitators. It is important to be mentioned here that a powerful explosion ripped in Peshawar’s Police Lines mosque on Jan 30 during Zuhr prayers, killing 84 people and injuring 235 people.
CTD held facilitator of Police Lines suicide bomber