Intelligence agencies foil Muharram terror bid in Lahore

Published: December 9, 2011

Intelligence agencies intercept phone call, detain terrorist and retrieve suicide vest and explosives. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

LAHORE: A suspected terrorist was detained by an intelligence agency on December 8, foiling a large-scale terror bid planned for Lahore during Muharram, sources said.

Sources told The Express Tribune that the militant’s phone call was intercepted and he was later held from Raiwind Road. A suicide vest and at least 16 kilogrammes of explosives were also recovered from him.

A report was forwarded by the provincial Home Department’s International Security Wing to the Inspector General of Punjab Police, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) and other concerned officials to put security on alert to foil terrorist attacks on the ninth and tenth processions - particularly in the areas of Tokhar Niaz Baig on Raiwind Road, Dharmpura and Mustafabad.

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies had kept the areas under surveillance after they were alerted.

The militant had received a phone call from Waziristan on the eight of Muharram and also hailed from the tribal area, sources said. Intelligence sources revealed that the terrorist had reached Lahore before the start of Muharram, while the suicide vest and explosives were delivered to him by another terrorist of the same network.

The terrorist outfit had planned to target three big Shia processions in Lahore through multiple suicide and bomb attacks.

The intelligence and law enforcement agencies have tried to detain other members of the network and further arrests are expected soon, sources claimed.

The agency have kept the detained man’s identity secret to ensure the arrest of the remaining terrorists of the network. The terrorist has been shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation.

Due to the sensitivity of the matter, agencies have not informed Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) about the incident and have also not sent explosive materials for analysis.

BDS Commander Muhammad Aslam confirmed this while talking to The Express Tribune.

Aslam added that when a case is registered, the BDS will be informed and the explosive material will also be handed to the department.

Reader Comments (10)

  • HOMAN
    Dec 9, 2011 - 8:42PM

    GOOD JOB. THANK YOU

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  • Tamoor
    Dec 9, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Thank for protecting us… All agencies are doing good job

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  • Mianjee
    Dec 9, 2011 - 10:27PM

    Good work done by our agencies , May God help us against these terrorist groups.

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  • Raja
    Dec 9, 2011 - 11:41PM

    Well done’,,,,,,,,’

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  • Shia Pakistani
    Dec 10, 2011 - 12:16AM

    Well Done!
    If only our intelligence services do only what is required of them (like this) then Pak would be much much safer.

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  • Hassan
    Dec 10, 2011 - 3:12AM

    Well done boys.

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  • You Said It
    Dec 10, 2011 - 4:36AM

    Oops, seems Rehman Malik forgot to thank this guy’s group.
    “Bad boy, Rehman. Next time do your homework properly. Now go and kneel outside Gilani’s office.”

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  • mussarat hussain
    Dec 10, 2011 - 5:37AM

    May God protect Pakistan from terrorism, amen. Once again congratulations to our police force for the commendable job.

    LONG LIVE PAKISTAN, AMEN

    Mussarat

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  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 11, 2011 - 9:23PM

    The criminal who sent this homicidal bomber should be hanged or his address be forwarded to the Drone operator to grant him his death wish.
    And why would police annouce how they caught them? Are they alerting the terrorists to use pigeon service next time?
    Some bright bulbs!

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  • Dec 11, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Look at the explosives. Evil twisted ideological bigoted psycho scum.

    Maybe Rehman Malik should have instead thanked our dutiful security services rather than the genocidal Taliban Kharjites, whom he should have instead condemned…

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