Pak fears Taliban attacks in Islamabad, Rawalpindi
Islamabad: Pakistan's Interior Ministry has warned authorities that a group of Taliban militants plans to carry out attacks on targets in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including the prison where Lashkar-e-Taiba members charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks are being held.
A secret report circulated by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior Ministry contains "specific warnings of terror attacks" by around 16 members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan over the next two weeks, The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying.
The report, sent to all provincial home departments, provincial and federal police departments and the Islamabad's Commissioner, said Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi is likely to be the "main target" of the militants who intend to "free their accomplices in a prison break".
LeT operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attack, and six others charged with involvement in the 26/11 terror strike are currently being held at Adiala Jail.
Western and Indian intelligence sources had earlier confirmed to a news agency that Lakhvi had access to mobile phones within the prison and was in touch with other LeT operatives to direct the banned group's operations.
The Taliban militants, who are "highly trained and reported to be currently residing in Attock" in Punjab province, are expected to simultaneously target government installations and attempt kidnapping some high-profile people in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, The Express Tribune reported.