Security forces foil suicide attack on Islamabad Imambargah

Published: November 14, 2013

Suicide bombing attempt foiled in Islamabad PHOTO: APP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: A suicide bombing attempt was foiled in Islamabad and the alleged suicide bomber and mastermind were arrested, Express News reported on Thursday.

According to initial reports, they were planning to attack the Imambargah in Sector G-6, Islamabad on Muharram 9, but security forces foiled the attack by arresting them the night before.

Police also seized suicide jackets and other equipment from them.

The alleged suicide bomber and the mastermind behind the attack were identified as Muhammad Saeed Abdullah and Matiullah.

Express News reported that Matiullah is an Afghani citizen and was issued a Pakistani visa on October 20. He had visited Pakistan before multiple times and was deported back to Afghanistan when he was found involved in issuing fake visas.

Kot Adu Attack

In Kot Adu, Punjab, police officials foiled yet another sectarian attack when they recovered explosives on the route of an Ashura procession, Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday.

In response, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a prize of Rs 50,000 for the administration and police who defused the explosives.

Karachi Raid

On November 13, three alleged militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during a raid by Rangers personnel in the Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi, Karachi.

The security officers raided TTP hideouts after receiving a tip off that the militants were planning an attack on the 10th of Muharram.

The militants reportedly retaliated and during the exchange of fire, one Rangers official also lost his life.

Hand grenades and weapons were also seized during the operation.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Mohammad
    Nov 14, 2013 - 2:34PM

    Alhamdulillah. May Allah protect the Muslims from such people and may Allah unite this Ummah as one. Ameen.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 14, 2013 - 2:35PM

    Heartiest congratulations to Islamabad Security Forces on arresting the suicide bomber alongwith his master mind.

    You people have saved many precious and lives of innocent citizens.

    May Al-Mighty Allah be always with you.

    Ameen,

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  • Lahoria
    Nov 14, 2013 - 2:50PM

    AlhamdolilAllah! Great news.

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  • jamal
    Nov 14, 2013 - 3:17PM

    As usual, CJ will release him.

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  • kamran
    Nov 14, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Good work! Now lets hope the supreme court doesn’t release them.

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  • umer
    Nov 14, 2013 - 3:28PM

    To bad he could not achieve ‘shahadat’ – maybe in the gallows now.

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  • JI
    Nov 14, 2013 - 3:38PM

    so Jummat Islami have their shaheed caught. Thanks God, these ‘Shaheed’ didn’t reach the target.

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  • bilal
    Nov 14, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Hopefully these terrorists will get punishment now that Iftikhar Chaudhary’s is due to leave.

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  • LalaKiMKaa
    Nov 14, 2013 - 3:59PM

    That Picture shown is a Joke…….Recommend

  • LalaMujahid
    Nov 14, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Why dont Pakistani forces allow TTP live freely and celebrate the muharram how they want…………..These will be words of Imran Khan..bydave I am enjoying sachin tendulkar match here in Mumbai..best of luck to pakistan and its people….Muharram mubarak…

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  • Khurram
    Nov 14, 2013 - 4:03PM

    Excellent job by our security forces….but a day of mourning for Munawwar Hassan

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  • Mohsin
    Nov 14, 2013 - 4:05PM

    How in the world a suicide bomber gets Pakistani Visa even after so many rejections… concerned authorities must be answerable…

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  • Zeeshan Khan
    Nov 14, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Our security forces are giving huge sacrifices to protect us. It is also true that our agencies once supported all these Sipah Sahab, Jaish Muhammed, etc. Now our enemies have paid them well to turn these banned outfits against Pakistan. What has happened has happened and can not be undone. We must talk to TTP and its allies so that we can live in peace.

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  • ajmal
    Nov 14, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Lalakimaa,

    If so, then the entire world is a joke.

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  • naveed
    Nov 14, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Terrorists arrested, only to be released by the CJ?

    No wonder TTP called CJ their favourite person in Pakistan.

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  • Malik Hamza
    Nov 14, 2013 - 5:08PM

    A Afghan National – why doesn’t these afghans go back to to their own country and do this there instead of Pakistan. Its like they spit in the same plate they eat.

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  • hammad
    Nov 14, 2013 - 5:33PM

    me and my family were at that procession….thanks isb police…

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  • Imran
    Nov 14, 2013 - 5:35PM

    Dear Tribune Repeat After me ”They are Terrorist Not militants” Repeat this as many times as it will take for you to get it.Help Pakistani security force not Chaudhry Iftikar Terrorist friend and sympathizer.

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  • ASQ
    Nov 14, 2013 - 6:03PM

    how naive to blame courts when no witness or proof is provided in the courts.one should read the basis on which judgements are made before posting comments.Recommend

  • baloch Southall UK
    Nov 14, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Should not have been arrested. Shot in police encounter is a better policy. The porous border on the west of Pakistan is the gateway of these terrorists. Being a resident of Quetta I have seen it first hand.
    I pray for the vulnerable citizens of my country. The enemy is still out there and everyone should be vigilant for their safety and safety of fellow citizens.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 14, 2013 - 6:44PM

    Our heartiest congratulations to security forces. Our real heroes are those who put their lives in danger to keep us safe, not those who commit crimes, kill people and destroy buildings.Recommend

  • shah
    Nov 14, 2013 - 6:46PM

    How was he issued a visa recently when earlier he was deported on fake visa charges ?

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Nov 14, 2013 - 6:48PM

    Bad day for JI, JUI and other enemies of Pakistan. Good day for ordinary Pakistanis. Proud of our Rangers who sacrifice their lives to protect ours.

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  • LaLakiMKaa
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:16PM

    I Consider TTP as martyrs and brave man just like how pakistanis consider kashmiri terrorist as martyrs………..

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  • Talha Rizvi
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:19PM

    @LalaMujahid:
    Your comments display your sick mentality. You should be sent to an assylum. I hope youn get the same celenbrationn you wish upon others.
    @Lalakimaa: Makiong fun of others religious believes shows your mental degeneration. Then again most Indians lack even basic human empathy.

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  • peace lover
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:44PM

    The militants reportedly retaliated and during the exchange of fire, one Rangers official also lost his life. May his soul rest in peace . tribute

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  • Sehar
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Allhamdulilah

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  • peace lover
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:46PM

    @ baloch Southall UK
    I agree with you . shoot on sight policy.

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  • np
    Nov 14, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Mohsin: “How in the world a suicide bomber gets Pakistani Visa even after so many rejections”

    did you consider the possibility that he might be a Pakistani cittizen just like Mallik Ishaq and Hakimulla Mehsud were – and hence may not actually have required a visa?

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  • gp65
    Nov 14, 2013 - 9:47PM

    ETBLOGS1987

    Glad to see that the law enforcement is now gearing up and able to prevent unnecessary loss of life. Hope they get many more such success.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 14, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @shah:
    this time afghan including all those terrorists should be killed in police encounter….

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  • Nov 14, 2013 - 10:56PM

    We commend the Pakistani Security Forces for a successful operation against violence-prone extremists that do not respect the sanctity of holy months like Ramazan and Moharram. It is unfortunate to witness a targeted violence of this kind and it seems as if these terrorists are looking for any reason based on differences to justify their actions. Senseless attacks such as these are hindering Pakistan reach its full potential, and are proving to be obstacles in the path of prosperity. We fully support these efforts by the Pakistani government and security institutions in curtailing this plague of indiscriminant violence and destruction.

    Haroon Ahmad
    DET – U.S. Central Command

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