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Over 10 terrorists arrested for attack on Chinese engineers

According to sources, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has apprehended over 10 terrorists and their collaborators linked to the recent assault on Chinese engineers in Bisham city, Shangla, last week.

The incident, which occurred on March 26, involved a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)-affiliated group. During the attack, a suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals and a Pakistani driver, resulting in the deaths of five Chinese citizens and the driver. Following the tragic event, prominent leaders including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Asif Ali Zardari, and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir denounced the attack and pledged to bring the culprits to justice.

A ceremony was held at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi to honor the deceased, and the bodies of the Chinese nationals were flown back to China amidst a solemn observance. In response to the security threat, Chinese companies overseeing projects at Dasu and Diamer-Bhasha Dams temporarily halted civil work, affecting nearly 991 Chinese engineers and local staff.

Additionally, a Chinese investigative team arrived in Pakistan to collaborate on enhancing security measures against terrorist activities. The CTD revealed that the terrorist commander responsible for orchestrating the attack, along with four other accomplices, has been apprehended. Investigations unveiled that the explosives-laden vehicle was prepared in Afghanistan and transported to Pakistan via the Pak-Afghan Chaman border crossing, ultimately reaching the incident site after several stops.

The mastermind behind the attack, identified as Hazrat Bilal, remains at large, but with the arrest of two accomplices and ongoing investigations, authorities are optimistic about his apprehension soon. The arrests were facilitated by analyzing mobile and SIM data procured by the suicide bomber through an intermediary.

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