TTP militants behind Lahore attacks: Pak police

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was behind the audacious terror attacks on two mosques.

Updated: May 29, 2010, 23:41 PM IST

Lahore: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was
behind the audacious terror attacks on two mosques of minority
Ahmedi sect here that claimed over 95 lives and the militants
carried out the strike with the help of local facilitators, a
top police officer said on Saturday.

"A total of four terrorists had come here from the tribal
area of Miran Shah on May 21 and were provided with weapons
and grenades by local facilitators, three of whom were
arrested," Punjab Police Deputy Inspector General Naeem
Bharokha told reporters here.

At least 95 people were killed and over 100 others
injured in coordinated attacks on two mosques at Model Town
and Garhi Shahu yesterday.

Two terrorists were killed and two others captured, he
said, adding the militants had received training at a camp in
Miran Shah.

"The arrested ones have been identified as Abdullah
Mohammad of Rahim Yar Khan and Moaz alias Amir Movia from D G
Khan. Both districts are adjacent to tribal areas. The dead
have been identified as Mansoor of North Waziristan and
Darwash of Swat," Bharokha said.

"It was a coordinated attack as the terrorists were well
trained in using sophisticated weapons. Abdullah`s brother is
also an active member of TPP," he said, adding the purpose of
the attack was to defame Pakistan.

"The arrested terrorists have also made other revelations
which, however, cannot be disclosed now," the officer said.

Meanwhile, a police official, who did not want to be
identified, told PTI that the terrorists, after arriving in
Lahore on May 21, stayed in Tableegi Markaz area of Raiwind.

"Their facilitators took them to the Ahmadis Mosques for
at least two times before they carried out the deadly attack
on May 28," he said.

The official said the attackers were religiously
motivated and that they were told by their handlers that
"killing Ahmadis is a license to go to heaven".

"They were also told that Ajmadis had role in drawing
cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (on Facebook)," he said.

The arrested were remanded in police custody till June 18
by a local court.