AQIS, LeJ sleeper cells targeting cops in Karachi

January 9, 2017

Anti-terrorism official says there might be surge in sectarian violence in city if LEAs don’t chalk out a strategy to clamp down on sleeper cells

The sleeper cells of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are believed to be involved in the recent attacks on cops and there might be a surge in sectarian violence in the coming days, a counter-terrorism department official told The News on Sunday.

“In the past AQIS has used homemade bombs containing ball bearings in the Taimuria police station a Russian-made grenade was used, something that is new,” said CTD Transnational Terrorism Intelligence Group in-charge Raja Umer Khattab.

“AQIS primarily used handmade bombs. They had started off by making ball bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).”

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