The Counter-Terrorism Department in Peshawar has denied the existence of Tehreek-i-Jihad Pakistan (TJP) and claimed that TJP is just another name for the banned militant group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The TTP had disassociated itself from a suicide bombing that occurred on July 25 in the Ali Masjid area, but the department has evidence linking them to the blast. The CTD has arrested the facilitator of the suicide bomber and has identified the TTP’s associates in Afghanistan. While the TTP denies involvement in the attack, the CTD has technical evidence implicating the militant group’s advisory body. The mastermind of the bombing is believed to be in Afghanistan, and it was discovered during investigation that the suicide bomber crossed into Pakistan with the help of several individuals. The CTD has also recovered police and security uniforms during raids, suggesting a possible target for the suicide bomber. The official also mentioned the involvement of the Islamic State group’s local affiliate in another recent suicide attack. The CTD has arrested multiple individuals in relation to the attack and stated that the TTP and ISKP are active in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The CTD has made progress in tracing the vehicle used by the suicide bomber, and the driver has been arrested. The department claims that all those behind the Ali Masjid attack have been killed. The CTD has seized various weapons and materials related to the attacks, along with important documents.
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