The story of a Pakistani boy who wanted to be suicide bomber
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS
Search

Paktia police chief among 32 killed in attacks on Afghan police centre

Indian role in Afghanistan: What is Pakistan’s paranoia?

Why is EU increasingly separating ways from Trump?

Is the party over?

Yemen President calls for international support

Egypt backtracks on opening Gaza border

Facebook rejected Saudi demand to remove Al-Jazeera page

US U-Turn: What made US to take policy turn on Islamabad?

ISIS Khorsan Province: another emerging giant?

ABNA | 4.5 Million Yemen school kids face uncertain future amid Saudi-led aggression

TASNIM | Tel Aviv behind Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech: US Analyst

SHAFAQNA | Media Blackout in Yemen – Journalist Support Committee denounces

IQNA | Plight of Myanmar Muslims Proof of West’s Double-Standards

The Fourth Imam, ‘Ali Ibn Al Husayn, Zainul Abedeen (as) .

Southern Yemen leader sees independence referendum, parliament body

Mayhem in Court: Is PML-N trying to alter the verdict?

Daesh used Raqqa as a base to plan attacks against the West.

Somalia's 'deadliest attack ever' kills 276, injures 300

Israeli minister says was misunderstood on war remarks with Iran

ISIS establishes training camp near Israeli border in Syria

Who altered the Khatm.e.Nabuwat clause?

Ending the Iran deal: Trump’s fatal mistake

Is Shahbaz Sharif trying to reconcile between establishment and Nawaz Sharif?

Show of restraint: How military poured cold water on PML-N’s whims?

Diplomacy with Pyongyang 'until the first bomb drops,' Tillerson vows

Report: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held Kirkuk

Thanks to Pakistan: Will couple rescue mark a new beginning in ties with United States?

Bid to ‘fix’ Iran nuclear deal faces uphill climb in US Congress

US diplomats cast doubt on America’s ability to constrain Iran

Cracks in the party lines: Why PML-N is at the verge of disintegration?

Egypt becomes pawn in Trump’s N. Korea offensive

Karzai: Afghans Must Resist ‘US Agenda’

Jews against Shi’ite Community Center in London

The ‘Islamic Catalonia’!

Strategic Shift to Russia: Cost benefit analysis for Pakistan

Taking sides: PPP’s honeymoon with military establishment

Asteroid grazes past Earth in ‘critical’ rehearsal

Syria demands ‘immediate, unconditional’ pullout of Turkish troops from Idlib

Israeli study warns Netanyahu against ending Iran nuclear deal

US Daesh fighter in Syria poses dilemma for White House

The backdrop of Palestinian reconciliation

US rendezvous: Is Pakistan trying to woo back US?

Old tactics: PML-N repeats history by assailing the court

Warning to ISPR: Who is pulling Ahsan Iqbal’s strings?

Takfiri terrorism’s next station could be Southwest Asia

IB memo controversy: The motives behind fake letter

Pakistan’s path to sanity

Over 90% of Syrian territory free from Daesh: Russian daily

Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal

Israeli report claimed Hawija was recaptured within deal with IS

The EU context for increasing financial aid to Palestine

Why Saudis welcome US sanctions on Hezbollah call for more?

‘UAE plans to invade Qatar using mercenaries’

IB memo controversy: The motives behind fake letter

Captain Safdar’s tirade: The game behind the curtains

Pulling out of Transit trade:  How India is manipulating ties with Afghanistan

PML-N's policy debacle: Rana Sanullah stirs new controversy on Ahmedis

Trump’s Iran plans pushing EU toward Russia, China: Germany

Rohingya Muslims not native to Myanmar: Army chief

IRNA | Speaker of Pakistan Balochistan Assembly underlines development of ties with Iran

MEHR | Trump to announce new Iran strategy Friday

IQNA | UN Report Details Brutal Myanmar Attempt to Drive Out Rohingya Muslims

ABNA | Saudi Arabia's next revolution: female taxi drivers

Arbaeen pilgrims can receive visas at airports, border crossings

How Israel takes advantage of Yemen crisis?

Sudanese call for Arab-Turkish-Iranian security treaty

Mysterious spike in radioactive particles across Europe baffles scientists

Fall in oil price pushes Abu Dhabi to sell bonds valued at $10bn

Sharif’s trial: The ticking clock for PML-N

Has Pakistan changed tack on the Haqqanis?

A well thought plan: Regaining lost religious vote through son in Law

Saudi Arabia’s outreach to Moscow underlines the loss of US influence

Why did General Rizwan Akhter took early retirment?

China scrambles fighter jets to deter US missile frigate

US continues efforts to demonize Hezbollah, says resistance movement official

Scientists discover a new brains vessels system

UK ‘preparing for war with North Korea’

Russian pundit: Iran primary target of KSA king’s visit to Russia

Australia Cricket Team’s Bus Attacked in India

Iraqi Sadr Movement threatens to storm parliament if electoral commission term extended

Uzair Baloch’s disclosures:  PPP in hot waters

Who is behind the secret death of the young leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party?

Afghanistan Airstrikes Hit Highest Point in Years

Ties with terrorists: How the IB was pressurized to declare the memo fake

Fingers towards CPEC: An Indian tongue in Trump’s mouth

Memos reveal torture of detainees at CIA black site in Afghanistan

Russia opposes US plans to label Iran’s IRGC as terrorist group

Allama Hassan Zafar refuses Minister to end Fill the Jails Movement

Opportunity in Crisis: How Maryam Nawaz is trying to cash corruption cases against her?

Several terrorists detained during Muharram: Iran Intelligence Minister

Rape, Sexual Violence Against Women used by ISIS to Lure Recruits, Report Claims

Cholera claims unborn Yemeni children amid Saudi aggression

An inevitable visit: Why Pakistan and Afghanistan should drive US out of the region?

Trump hints at military intervention against N Korea

Egypt seeks Israel’s permission for Hamas West Bank leaders to travel to Cairo

What did Saudi king look for in Russia visit?

Policy mess or what: Did Washington deliberately cornered Pakistan?

Hazara Genocide: The mote in our eyes , the wool in our ears

Gunmen attack Hazara Shia Muslims in Quetta city

Was the movement of Karbala a political struggle?

2017-08-08 05:52:27

The story of a Pakistani boy who wanted to be suicide bomber

 

The confession of a Pakistani teenager who was captured moments before carrying out a suicide attack has given police a rare glimpse into a militant network they say is behind the recent surge in sectarian violence.

 

 

Usman’s testimony, a copy of which has been seen by Reuters, describes a web of seminaries and training and bomb making facilities stretching from eastern Afghanistan, where the young man was recruited, to Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.

 

 

Hundreds of people have been killed in attacks in Pakistan, heightening fears of an escalation in sectarian bloodshed that has been a persistent threat for decades.

 

 

Pakistani police believe the network, which Usman says aided him on his 2,000 km journey, has also helped Daesh spread its extremist agenda in South Asia, even without proven operational links with its core in the Middle East.

 

 

The Pakistani network brings together several known militants belonging to extremist groups that have targeted religious minorities for decades, police said, providing fertile ground for Daesh’s ideology to spread.

 

 

Usman’s confession does not name Daesh directly, but police say they believe the network that recruited and trained him was behind five deadly sectarian bombings in Pakistan, four of which have been claimed by the group based in Syria and Iraq.

“ISIS (Islamic State) has no formal structure (in Pakistan). It works on a franchise system and that is the model that is being used in Pakistan,” senior Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officer Raja Umer Khattab told Reuters.

By that he said he meant Daesh could claim attacks as its own, even if it had no direct role in coordinating them.

 

 

 

Usman, 18 at the time of the thwarted attack, is currently on death row in the town of Shikarpur, where he was caught.Reuters was unable to contact him for this story, but Usman’s court-appointed lawyer said the family had shown no interest in the case.

“I am not sure if an appeal has been filed against the sentence, since no one from his family ever turned up to even meet Usman,” advocate Deedar Brohi told Reuters, adding that his client had been sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in March.

 

 

Police say the network emerged relatively recently – the main suspects became known to police over the last two years – but it is not clear whether it is acting alone or on the orders of other groups like Daesh.

 

 

“You should become a suicide bomber”

 

 

Under interrogation, Usman, arrested last September, described his recruitment in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, where U.S. and Afghan forces have been fighting a local offshoot of Daesh estimated to number a few hundred fighters.

Originally from the Pakistani valley of Swat, his family fled to Nangarhar after his father, a member of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed in a drone strike.

Usman told investigators he came home one day to find his brother sitting with an older man.

 

 

“My brother said that you should join militancy … you should become a suicide bomber,” Usman said in the confession.He left that day and travelled with the older man by bus to the Afghan province of Kandahar, where they crossed into Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

From there, they rode a motorcycle to the remote desert town of Wadh in southern Baluchistan, where Usman began his training and stayed at the home of a man called Maaz.

 

 

“In our room, Maaz took out explosives from a bag and prepared two suicide jackets,” Usman told investigators.Police suspect Wadh is where several militant movements, including al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and other local banned groups, have been active.

 

 

The media wing of Pakistan’s military did not respond to requests for comment for this article, including how militants could use Wadh as hub.

An intelligence official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press, denied Wadh was part of a militant network.

“No training camp in Wadh or safe (haven) for militants now,” the official said in a Whatsapp message.

 

After about a month in Wadh, Usman said he travelled by motorcycle with an escort on dusty back roads to Shikarpur. A few days later, he was dispatched with his explosives vest to attack a place of worship.

 

The attack failed when one worshipper spoke to Usman in the local Sindhi language, which he could not understand. A crowd gathered and grabbed him before he could reach his detonator.

 

CENTRAL SUSPECT

 

Police investigators, who spoke about the case on condition of anonymity, said Usman’s confession helped them identify several key militants including a suicide vest maker and the man who oversees the network – named Shafiq Mengal.

“Our intelligence shows that he has 500-1,000 militants working under him and is living in the mountains,” said a senior police official.

Reuters was unable to contact Mengal or independently confirm the assertions of the police official. But his father, a prominent Baluch politician during the military regime of General Zia ul Haq in the 1980s, said his son had no links with militant networks.

“Shafiq has not given shelter to any terrorist outfit and their activities,” former Baluchistan chief minister Naseer Mengal told Reuters.

However, the older Mengal added that his son had been active in supporting Pakistani security forces in battling Baluch militant groups.

 

Shafiq fought against those elements who challenged the writ of State and were involved in target killings of innocent people and security forces,” he said.

An internal police profile of Mengal seen by Reuters said he attended an elite school in the eastern city of Lahore before completing his education at a madrassa.

According to the document, prepared by a Baluchistan police official, Mengal “was set up by the intelligence agencies to counter Baloch militants” that fight the government in Baluchistan.

The report said that, more recently, it appeared Mengal shifted his efforts to helping terrorists.

The intelligence official said Mengal no longer had any association with the military.

The armed forces have launched several major offensives against groups including al Qaeda and the Taliban in recent years.

 

“HATE-FILLED SERMONS”

 

 

Police said another important suspect in the network was Hafeez Brohi, already on Pakistan’s wanted terrorist list. He comes from Shikarpur, and it was at Brohi’s residence that they said the teenager stayed before the failed attack.

Usman did not name Brohi directly but said a man named Umer Hafiz, who police officials say was actually Brohi, took him from Wadh to Shikarpur by motorbike.

Usman’s police case file also identifies Brohi as one of the main suspects in the failed bombing. Case files seen by Reuters on several other sectarian attacks in Shikarpur also single him out.

 

The town itself, some 250 km east of Wadh but several times that distance by road, is seen as an increasingly important centre of sectarian extremism, according to officials from the counter terrorism department.

 

Two local mosques were targeted by attacks in 2015.

Several new madrassas have been built in the area in recent years, and members of the Shia suspect that they are used by Daesh hardliners to spread religious intolerance.

“The madrassas are concentrated in remote villages,” said Syed Atta Hussain Shah, the imam of the Shia mosque in Shikarpur. “Preachers show up from elsewhere and stay in these madrassas and deliver hate-filled sermons.”

Police officials said they suspected Brohi was the point man for the network in Sindh province and was involved in the bombing at Sehwan Sharif shrine that killed 90 people – the most deadly attack in Pakistan claimed by Daesh.

Brohi has been in hiding for the last three or four years, according to CTD officials.

Usman was sentenced to death in March along with 10 militants in absentia, including Brohi.

 

The News

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

Categories:  
Tags:   pakistan ، ISIS ، TTP ، Militants ،
From other agencies (RSS Reader)