Karachi: The militants who killed Chaudhry Aslam, one of Pakistan`s top counter-terror officials, had prepared two explosives-laden cars as a back-up in case an assault by a suicide bomber failed, a senior police official said on Monday.
At least 12 people were involved in the assassination of "super cop" Aslam in Karachi on Thursday, SSP CID Niaz Khoso said.
"It is now clear that the militants had decided they wanted Aslam out of the way and had prepared several plans to kill him. If the suicide bomber had failed, they would have detonated two explosives-laden cars by remote control," Khoso said.
"We have proof there were two explosives-laden vans parked close to the blast site."
Aslam was killed with two other policemen when the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the police official`s motorcade. A faction of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.
After initial investigations, the CID said Aslam was killed by a bomber whose remains were found at the site of the blast.
"The indications are that at least 12 people were involved in planning and execution the attack," Khoso said.
Sources in the police department said the government had allowed American investigators to probe the attack. "The government wants the incident probed from different angles and by different agencies, and that is why the FBI is also involved," a source said.
But in what is being seen as a damning statement against the government, Aslam`s widow told Geo News that her husband was not provided any additional security or a bulletproof car by authorities.
"He had been using a bulletproof car given to him by his friend. The friend took the car a few days back to get its glasses repaired. When he was killed, he just had one police (vehicle) with him," Naureen Aslam said.
Muhammad Aslam Khan, commonly known as Chaudhry Aslam, inspired fear and awe everywhere he went. Usually spotted in his trademark white shalwar kameez with his buttons undone and an unkempt beard, he was known for wearing flashy watches and carrying his Glock 9mm pistol in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
He became famous for his stand against terrorists and militants in Karachi and had survived several attempts on his life.