Safoora bus attack terrorist arrested in Dadu

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KARACHI, PAKISTAN, MAY 13: Bus seen parked at Memon Hospital, as the six unidentified assailants on motorbikes opened fire on a bus belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi’s Safora Chowrangi area, leaving at least 43 dead and 24 injured on Wednesday. (S.Imran Ali/PPI Images).

DADU: A terrorist involved in the Safoora chowrangi bus attack that took place in Karachi in 2015 was arrested on Tuesday.

Naveed alias Sharif who showed allegiance to Al-Qaeda was arrested from Dadu, the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Tanveer Tunio confirmed while speaking to a private media outlet.

The law enforcement officer further stressed that the terrorist was arrested upon his return from Afghanistan and had been declared a fugitive by an anti-terrorism court.

SSP Tunio added that six cases were pending against the terrorist who is also accused of killing two policemen in Hyderabad in 2014 and for the murder of two Rangers personnel during a bank robbery in Hyderabad in 2014.

At least 46 members of the minority Shia Ismaili community, including women and children, were killed when gunmen attacked their bus near Safoora Goth in May 2015.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in September 2015 had arrested Khalid Yousuf Bari, a former engineer of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and member of a banned group, on charges of providing financial assistance to Saad Aziz, mastermind of the Safoora Bus carnage.

An anti-terrorism court had found Bari guilty of funding the Safoora Bus attack and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment besides ordering him to pay a fine of Rs1 million. He had then challenged the court’s verdict in the Sindh High Court.

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