Sindh police arrest prime suspect in Sehwan bombing

Malir district police claimed to have arrested on Wednesday two accused including the primary suspect in the Sehwan bomb blast incident.

In a press conference at his office, East DIG Amir Farooqi said that the arrests were made through the joint efforts of Malir district police and federal intelligence agencies.

Accused, Furqan alias Abdullah and Ali Akbar alias Haji, were arrested during a raid in Gadap Town. Two hand grenades, two 9mm pistols and bullets were seized from their possession.

According to the DIG, Furqan is a commander of the armed wing of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and is wanted by the police in several cases of terrorism.

Alleged confession

DIG Farooqi said that the accused had confessed to his involvement in the February 16, 2017, suicide attack at the Sehwan Sharif tomb. The incident had resulted in the loss of 82 lives, while another 383 people were injured.

According to Farooqi, Furqan had revealed that the attack on the tomb was planned by Mufti Hidayatullah. He further named Dr Mustafa, Noman, Maqbool and himself as perpetrators who prepared a young man, Muhammad Usman, to carry out the suicide attack.

The perpetrators conducted reconnaissance of the site and left Usman near the tomb in time to carry out the attack.

After Usman had exploded the bomb, killing himself and numerous innocent victims, Furqan escaped from Sehwan Sharif and fled to another part of Sindh.

Furqan allegedly also confessed to his involvement in a suicide attack on a police van parked near a polling station on July 25, 2018. This attack was carried out to avenge the killing of Mufti Hidayatullah in Qilat by security forces, said the accused.

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