Pak police foil major terrorist attacks, arrest two militants
Last Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012, 17:19
  
Lahore: Pakistani police on Friday said they had foiled major terrorist attacks by arresting two alleged Taliban fighters at Gujrat in Punjab province and seizing a huge quantity of weapons and explosives from their possession.

The two terrorists were nabbed in Gujrat district, 130-km from Lahore, Punjab Police chief Haji Habibur Rehman told a news conference.

He described the arrests as a "big success" for law enforcement agencies. Twenty-five grenades, 25 explosive devices, 15 suicide vests, detonators, mobile phone chips and thousands of bullets were found in the possession of the two men, Rehman said. "We have saved Punjab from major terror attacks," he said.

The terrorists Muhammad Shafiq and Shah Muhammad were members of a "banned organisation" and had planned to commit terror attacks during the month of Muharram, Rehman said.

A source in Punjab Police said that the arrested terrorists belonged to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and also worked for the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The source said the terrorists had been tasked to target Shia processions and gatherings during the month of Muharram.

Rehman said the men were allegedly involved in the killing of seven security personnel in an attack on an army camp in Gujrat on July 9 and an attack on Kamra airbase on August 16.

The assault on the airbase left two security personnel and nine attackers dead. The alleged terrorists were arrested when Elite Force contingents and intelligence operatives conducted a house-to-house search in Chah Beriwala area of Gujrat yesterday.

PTI


First Published: Friday, November 16, 2012, 17:18


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