Lahore: 3 more ‘bombers’ arrested
LAHORE: A Police team arrested three alleged would-be suicide bombers on Tuesday and claimed to have foiled a major terrorist attack on the city.
Intelligence sources said that the alleged bombers had intended to target important public buildings and foreign installations as well as the Chuhng Investigation Centre. Sources added that a week earlier, security personnel had arrested a group of militants from the country’s Northern Areas.
During interrogation, the militants revealed their accomplices’ hideouts. Following the information, security personnel raided a house in Farkhabad, Shahdara on Tuesday. Qari Muhammad Basit, Mullah Mir and an unidentified accomplice were arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.
The police team also claimed to have found huge quantities of explosive materials, ball bearings, detonators, remote controls and two jackets from the arrested men. Maps of some important buildings in the city were also found. Intelligence sources said that preliminary interrogations revealed that the arrested men had been planning terrorist attacks on the city.
A senior police official confirmed the arrests. He said that according to intelligence reports, a few terrorists had already entered the city. He added that the militants arrested from the Northern Areas confirmed these reports. Following the confirmation, higher authorities had issued special directions for immediate arrests.
The officer added that security in the city had been intensified at all official buildings and sensitive installations to protect them from any possible attack. He said that investigations were continuing in light of the arrested bombers’ statements and security personnel were conducting raids across the city.
He added that main focus of the police was at major sensitive installations, five-star hotels, important government buildings, residences of senior political leaders, offices of law enforcement agencies, consulates and residences of foreign diplomats.