Bacha Khan University Attack: Main Facilitator Arrested In Pakistan

03/02/2016 4:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN - JANUARY 25: Pakistani students chant slogans against Taliban during the protest against the Security weakness in Bacha Khan University at Charsadda town of Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on January 25, 2016. 21 students are dead after Taliban gunmen attacked Bacha Khan University. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

KARACHI -- Pakistan intelligence agencies have said that they arrested the main facilitator of the attack on the Bacha Khan University that left around 20 people dead and many others wounded.

According to the Dawn, intelligence agencies said that Waheed Ali alias Arshad, categorised as "Terrorist A", was arrested in Nowshera last week.

Sources said that he planned to flee to Afghanistan and hired a taxi to take him to the Pak-Afghan border to Torkham.

In his initial statement, according to the sources, the alleged facilitator who is in his early 30s said the planning of the attack on the university had been in works for six months in Achin district of Afghanistan, the base of the militant commander Khalifa Omar Mansoor alias Omar Naray.

He said he had surreptitiously made videos of the Punjab Regiment Centre and a police station in Mardan as possible targets and taken the footages in a memory chip to Omar Naray, but the plans had been dropped because of heavy security in the two places.

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