Foiled car bombing suspect arrested

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 17, 2013.

Islamabad – Police have arrested the prime suspect in connection with an explosive-laden car police had seized near Bhara Kahu around two weeks ago.

Hammad Adil was arrested during a police raid in the Sabzi Mandi area in the early hours of Monday morning.

Bhara Kahu police produced him before a judicial magistrate on Monday and got a three-day physical remand of the suspect.

Police had conducted a raid at a house in the Adil Heights area of Phulgaran on August 30 and seized a car that was rigged with 170 kilos of explosives. The car was recovered from Adil’s house, who, according to the police report, escaped when he saw police.

Sources had claimed that police had detained Adil but when they found out he was the brother of a well-reputed police officer, they let him go and allowed the police officer to talk to Adil. But in the First Information Report (FIR), police maintained that Adil had escaped the scene by jumping over the back wall of his residence as police raided the house.

The explosives, hidden in two doors and the gas cylinder of the car, were ready to be blown up by a remote control, according to police. Police claimed the car could have been used in a car bombing within the capital.

Bhara Kahu police had booked Adil, who is the brother of a senior Punjab police officer, for carrying explosives under sections 4 and 5 of the Explosives Act. Another unidentified person was nominated in the FIR.

A laptop was recovered from the house and sent for analysis after the August 30 raid. Police investigations have revealed Adil had ties with a militant outfit and his accomplice might have been involved in previous incidents of terrorism.

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