Terror attack foiled in Islamabad: Police
Last Updated: Friday, October 16, 2009, 17:24
Islamabad: Police in the Pakistani capital today claimed to have foiled a possible terrorist attack by arresting two men with suicide jackets, grenades and pistols, hours after a series of audacious assaults in the eastern city of Lahore.

The two suspected terrorists were arrested on the outskirts of Islamabad at 9.15 pm last night while they were trying to sneak into the city on motorcycles to hit their targets, police said.

Another terrorist managed to escape with explosives. A contingent of police and paramilitary troops cordoned off the area and launched a search for him.

Besides the suicide jackets and grenades, police also seized detonators and pellets from the arrested men. The men – identified as Zain alias Mubashar Mehboob, 18, and Abdullah alias Abdul Hafiz, 35 – are now being interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department. Zain was wearing a suicide jacket when he was caught.

Inspector General of Police Syed Kaleem Imam said there were reports that terrorists were trying to enter Islamabad to hit targets. "We are alert and prepared to counter acts of terrorism," he said.

Police stepped up the checking of vehicles and people at dozens of check posts set up across Islamabad.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 16, 2009, 17:24

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