GILGIT: Six suspected militants were arrested for planning an attack on a girls school and women’s college in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Ghizer district on Sunday.
“We managed to foil their [terrorists’] plan before they could execute it,” Deputy Inspector General Gohar Nafees told The Express Tribune.
Nafees said that six of the 13 suspected militants have been taken into custody. He added that 10 were seminary students from the Diamer district.
“The group was headed by local cleric Inayatullah, who has also been nabbed,” Nafees said.
He disclosed that they had planned to target schools being run under the Aga Khan schools system and the women degree college at Ghakuch.
The valley is connected to Diamer, where over two dozen girls schools were torched earlier this month.
“The group was also behind burning of two schools in 2016 and 2017,” the DIG said referring to their confession.
They have confessed to their involvement in failed assassination attempts at Prince Karim Aga Khan, as well as, former G-B governor Karam Ali Shah in a bomb attack back in 2015.
Both the bombs had been defused by police. He said the plot to target the school and college was hatched at the seminary, adding police also recovered explosive material and petrol during the raid.