MINGORA: Police claimed here on Wednesday to have arrested a four-member group of target killers including two terrorists.
DPO Qasim Ali Khan told journalists that the four-member group was involved in the recent targeted killing incidents in the district.
He said that police started investigation after Hazrat Abbas, a resident of Shagia, was killed on April 5 by unidentified persons.
He said that a police team conducted investigation in the incident on scientific basis and arrested Khan Toti and his sons Noor Ali, Asghar Ali and daughter Razia.
He said that Khan Toti, during the investigation, disclosed that his son in law Gul Sherawan alias Nek Mohammad was a key Taliban commander and was killed during clashes with security forces in Bar Shawar area in 2019.
“The family of Khan Toti believed that Hazrat Abbas had informed security forces about the whereabouts of Nek Mohmmad so it developed enmity with him,” said the DPO.
He said that during the investigation, Khan Toti and his family members disclosed that through Umar Mohammad and Rahmat Zada, they invited two absconding militants Taliban Khan and Shaik to his house.
“The two militants spent five days in Khan Toti’s house planning to kill Hazrat Abbas. On April 5, they broke into his house in the night and killed Hazrat Abbas,” he said.
The DPO said that the two militants and Khan Toti’s family were involved in the targeted killing of five persons including political leaders, peace committee members and a policeman.
He said that police recovered, pistols, bullets, mobile phones and Rs392,000 from the arrested persons.
It is pertinent to mention that Taliban had already claimed the responsibility of the recent targeted killing incidents in Swat.
Meanwhile, Malakand Commissioner Riaz Khan Mahsud said that tanked European Union for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to doctors, paramedical staff and other healthcare givers of all the districts in Malakand division.
He was addressing a ceremony of handing over PPEs to regional administration by the CDLD Programme to support government to combat Covid-19. The ceremony was organised at his office on Wednesday.
Published in Dawn, April 30th, 2020