`Dummy bombs` used to test security in Pakistan
Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009, 16:50
  
Islamabad: A Danish official used a "dummy bomb" to test the security arrangement outside his embassy premises following a string of massive blasts across the country, a media report said on Friday.

The Interior Ministry objected to the incident, saying: "Such type of exercises without prior permission of Ministry of Interior are a threat to the security of diplomatic missions and a challenge for the Islamabad police, as the terrorists may also benefit from such type of mock exercises."

The ministry has warned that vehicles of foreign missions carrying illegal weapons and suspicious material on board will be impounded in the future, Daily Times reported.

Pakistan has been hit by a wave of terror strikes, including massive bombings. Suicide bombers have struck across the country, killing over 250 people. An official of the Iranian consulate was shot dead in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Thursday.

The ministry has written to the Foreign Office to inform it about the incident involving a Danish embassy vehicle that had been fitted with a "dummy bomb".

The letter said the vehicle with Danish embassy contractor Mehboob and the embassy's senior security adviser Chris John on board, was stopped for routine checking outside embassy premises.

Security personnel found an "unidentified object" attached to the vehicle and engaged the Bomb Disposal Squad immediately to examine it.

"The object was checked and dismantled and declared a dummy bomb. On inquiry, Chris John told the police that it was a mock exercise to determine the efficiency and alertness of police officials deployed on duty. Mehboob told the police that he was totally unaware about the material attached with the vehicle," the letter said.

The letter quoted the Islamabad police as saying that diplomatic missions were fitting their vehicles with suspicious objects to check the security measures and the alertness of Islamabad police.

"When the suspect objects are traced or recovered by the police from the diplomatic vehicles, they simply say this is a mock exercise," the letter adds.

IANS


First Published: Friday, November 13, 2009, 16:50


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