Five Pakistani Taliban held for attack on ISI headquarters
Last Updated: Friday, December 03, 2010, 20:48
Lahore: Five militants with links to the banned Pakistani Taliban have been arrested for alleged involvement in last year's suicide attack on the headquarters of the powerful spy agency ISI, police said on Friday.

Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen said the five men Sarfaraz Ahmed, Asghar Ali, Hafiz Mahmood, Shabbir Ahmed and Muhammad Hayat are members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Al Tauheed Al-Jihad.

The mastermind of the attack, Doctor Moaz alias Umar Kundi, was killed in a shootout with police in Faisalabad, Tareen told a news conference.

The five militants were arrested in Shahdara area of Punjab's provincial capital.

Kundi had provided the five men training in Datta Khel area of Waziristan tribal region, a known hub of Taliban and al Qaeda elements.

Kundi also provided the men an explosives-laden vehicle that was acquired from Hangu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Tareen said.

Three of the arrested militants participated in last year's attack while the other two conducted surveillance of the target before the assault, Tareen said.

The militants were also involved in several incidents of kidnapping for ransom to raise funds for terrorist activities, he said.

Eight rocket launchers, four suicide vests, Kalashnikov assault rifles, 33 grenades, pistols and ammunition were seized from the arrested men.

Thirty-five people, seven of them Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials, were killed and over 200 injured when a group of heavily armed militants stormed the spy agency's provincial headquarters and detonated an explosives-laden van outside the building on May 27 last year.

The blast devastated the nearby office of a state-run rescue service.


First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 20:48

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