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Karachi Saddar attack mastermind SRA terrorist killed in encounter: Murtaza Wahab

KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab on Thursday announced that a prime accused in May 12 Karachi bombing was killed in a police encounter along with his two associates on May 18 (Wednesday).

One person was killed and eight other people got injured in a blast that took place in Saddar area of Karachi. A proscribed ethnic terrorist organisation Sindhdesh Revolutionary Army took responsibility of the attack.

In his press conference, the administrator said that the Counter Terrorism Department had evidences against a SRA terrorist Allahdino, adding that he was present at the site of the blast. “Yesterday tried to flee when officials raided to arrest him. He was killed in an encounter along with his associates,” he said.

Murtaza Wahab said that the police has confiscated material belonging to Dino and his aides.

The bomb blast had occurred at around 11:20pm on Daudpota Road near Lucky Star, when a vehicle of the Pakistan Coast Guards was passing through. It is yet to be ascertained if the vehicle was the target.

The SRA had later claimed responsibility for the blast through social media. The explosion had damaged several cars and shattered the windowpanes of nearby buildings. A heavy contingent of law enforcers, including police and Rangers, had reached the site and cordoned off the area. “It was a terrorist incident, and the explosion was caused by an IED [improvised explosive device] apparently planted on a bicycle,” said an official, and added that 25-year-old Muhammad Umer, son of Sadiq, had been killed in the incident.

Who commands SRA?

The SRA, which has claimed responsibility for many terrorist attacks, was formed in 2010 by Syed Asghar Shah, an extremist Sindhi nationalist worker, originally a resident of Badah, District Larkana.

Shah had formed the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) with his old associate Shafi Burfat in 2000, parting ways with a big Sindhi nationalist party, the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz. JSMM head Burfat, originally a resident of a village of Sehwan, District Jamshoro, is residing in Germany with some of his associates. Those close to Shah believe that the SRA founder is hiding in a bordering town of Iran, from where he is running his terrorist cell.

The JSMM had openly announced their militant activities for their cause, initiated their political activities from the platform of the JSMM and formed the Sindh Liberation Army for their terrorist and sabotage activities.

Shah was arrested from Karachi’s Akhtar Colony in 2005 by a special investigating cell of the Sindh police. He remained behind bars for five years. In 2010, when he was released, he separated from his old partner Burfat and formed his own group, the SRA. Sources close to both groups say that with the passage of time, Burfat’s group weakened at their political as well as terrorist fronts, while Shah’s group gained more strength.

His group claimed attacking law enforcement agencies’ (LEAs) officials in various parts of Sindh and people of different ethnicities, carrying out blasts on electricity transmission lines and railway tracks, and targeting Chinese nationals, especially those working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. LEAs believe that there is active liaison between Baloch terrorists groups and the SRA, as they are cooperating with each other in attacks by providing logistic support and information of targets to each other.

Courtesy Bol News

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