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.
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.