Balochistan govt claims arrest of ‘mastermind’ behind highest profile terrorist incidents

Balochistan govt claims arrest of 'mastermind' behind highest profile terrorist incidents

The Balochistan government on Tuesday claimed to have apprehended the suspected mastermind of several major terror activities in the provincial capital.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti, while addressing a press conference in Quetta, informed media that two colleagues of the alleged mastermind were also arrested by the security agencies.

“The main suspect is the commander of a banned militant group,” he added.

During a video confession, played for journalists at the briefing, the suspect, identified as Saeed Ahmed alias Taqva, claimed that he was trained by Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies.

The suspect confessed to the killing of Barrister Amanullah Achakzai; the principal of a law college, Bilal Anwar Kasi; and the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, among others.

He also confessed to facilitating the Civil Hospital suicide bombing on August 8, 2016, which claimed the lives of more than 70 people, including 54 members of the legal fraternity.

The accused also facilitated the bombing at Shah Noorani shrine on November 13, 2016, in Khuzdar district.

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