`Taliban suicide bombers sneaked into cantonment by local bus`
Last Updated: Friday, March 12, 2010, 21:33
Lahore: The two Taliban suicide bombers who targeted army vehicles within the cantonment in this eastern Pakistani city on Friday had apparently sneaked into the heavily guarded area by using a bus, police sources said.

"Since all seven points leading into the cantonment are heavily guarded by the army and police personnel, hardly any private vehicle is allowed to enter the area without being thoroughly checked," a source in the Crime Investigation Department told agency.

"Security officials usually do not inspect buses plying on routes in this area. There is a great possibility that the two terrorists reached R A Bazar within the cantonment by riding a local bus," he said.

"Specific directions have been issued to officials guarding entry points to the cantonment to check teenagers with a pathan look," the source said.

The source further said both bombers were on foot and it would not have been possible for them to enter the highly guarded area by evading security personnel. Local buses were the only "safe" mode of transport they could have used to reach the destination, the source added.

Forty-five people, including 10 soldiers, were killed and over 100 others injured when the suicide bombers blew themselves up after throwing grenades at vehicles of the Garrison Security Force in R A Bazar.

The bombers were aged between 17 and 20 years. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the bombers' features indicated that they hailed from the tribal areas in northwest Pakistan. Meanwhile, police sources said three suspects have been arrested in the cantonment.


First Published: Friday, March 12, 2010, 21:33

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