Police arrests five militants in Pak
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 16:19
Islamabad: Five militants including two senior Taliban cadres, who were planning to kidnap a diplomat and attack places frequented by foreigners, were caught by the Pakistani police.

Police initially arrested Noor Jehan and Rehmat Gul, both members of the Qari Hussain group based in the Aurakzai tribal region and on information provided by them three other suspects were nabbed.

Two suicide jackets and weapons were seized from the arrested men who were found to be deserters from the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary.

One of the arrested Taliban commanders who was produced before the newsmen wearing a hood said their targets included five star hotels and a club run for Westerners.

They also claimed they had helped plan a suicide attack on the UN food agency's office in Islamabad that killed five staffers as well as the hit on Pakistan Naval headquarters.

They had plotted to kidnap the Jordanian Ambassador and to strike the district court complex, police offices and other government installations, Bin Yamin said.

The militants also had plans to carry out terrorist attacks in the federal capital on Pakistan Day today, police said.

Noor Jehan also told investigators that he had been in contact with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud.


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 16:19

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