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`Pak Taliban send suicide bombers to target Gilani, Shahbaz`

Last Updated: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 00:08

Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban planned to
target Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as several
other dignitaries and dispatched 50 suicide bombers to carry
out attacks within 30 days to avenge military operations
against the militants in the northwest, media reports said

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has reorganised
itself to carry out fresh attacks to take revenge for fighters
who were killed or captured in the offensive against the
militants, TV news channels quoted an intelligence report as

The Taliban planned to target Gilani, other dignitaries
like Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, officials of law
enforcement agencies and their relatives, the intelligence
report said.

The Taliban have sent 50 suicide bombers to Punjab and
North West Frontier Province to carry out attacks to pressure
the government to release militants arrested by security
forces, it said.

Intelligence agencies informed law enforcement
authorities through a letter that the Taliban have rebuilt
their network and the suicide bombers had been directed to
strike their targets so that militants could achieve their
goals within 30 days, the media reports said.

The intelligence agencies also warned the militants
would try to abduct officials to secure the release of
detained rebels.

They also said terrorists could carry out attacks to
secure the release of a militant named Zubair who was arrested
for the assault on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March.

The TV channels quoted official sources as saying that
law enforcement agencies had been advised to improve security
to avert possible attacks.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud was
killed in a US drone attack in South Waziristan on August 5.

The military launched an operation against the Taliban
in Swat in May after they took advantage of a peace deal to
extend their influence to Buner and Dir districts near

The army claims over 1,800 militants have been killed
so far. About 300 security personnel have also died in the

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 00:08

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