Police set up bunkers outside govt offices, courts in Lahore
Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 13:19
Lahore: Acting on intelligence inputs about fresh terror threats, Pakistani police on Thursday launched the process of setting up bunkers outside the offices of law enforcement agencies, courts and the civil secretariat here to thwart possible attacks.

Intelligence agencies alerted police that the next possible target of terrorists could be police officials, judges and bureaucrats.

"Our report from sources says that the terrorists are now planning to launch a major attack on government functionaries in Lahore," an official of Crime Investigation Department told a news agency.

Police commandos will be deployed at the bunkers set up at strategic locations in view of the nature of the terrorist threat, said the official, who did not want to be named.

Around 400 policemen have been interviewed by authorities to join a new anti-terror force being set up by the Punjab government.

The CID official said the terrorists keep changing their plans and law enforcement agencies have to frame new strategies to counter them.

A total of 100 people, including security officials, were killed in a string of terrorist attacks on two mosques of the minority Ahmedi sect and a hospital in Lahore during the past six days.

Law enforcement agencies have been on their toes since then, officials said.

Police reviewed the security apparatus in the city following directions issued by their higher-ups.

In a related development, a terror suspect was taken into custody in the Mozang area of Lahore by officials of an intelligence agency.

The man, who was not identified, is said to have links with the recent terror attacks in Lahore.

The suspect was taken to a secret investigation centre after being blindfolded, witnesses said.

The arrest in the congested Mozang area triggered fear among local residents.

Since last year, members of the Punjabi Taliban have carried out several audacious attacks in Lahore.

Offices of the Federal Investigation Agency and ISI were targeted in these assaults.


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 13:19

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