An explosive reality: Large cache of ammunition seized from Shehzad Town

Published: October 8, 2011
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Bomb Disposal Squad personnel shift weapons from the hideout of arrested alleged terrorists in Islamabad on October 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Bomb Disposal Squad personnel shift weapons from the hideout of arrested alleged terrorists in Islamabad on October 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The city police on Saturday arrested two suspected terrorists and recovered a large cache of explosives and ammunition.

The men had been able to transport missiles, suicide jackets and hand grenades along with fuses and vials past the numerous check posts installed on the various roads of the capital to reach a locality near Shehzad Town.

According to the police, they intercepted a “suspicious” Peshawar-registered Toyota Corolla at Taramri Chowk. The police found two missiles, one suicide jacket and two hand grenades in the car and arrested the driver. He told them about a house in Street 2 of Chatha Bakhtawar, where they found a huge cache of weapons and explosives.

The police recovered 90 vials of a drug used by terrorists to calm a to-be suicide bomber, four suicide jackets, 12 hand grenades, 16 rocket fuses and 14 missiles (106 , 107-R). They also nabbed a suspect during the raid on the house.

An official said that they had gotten “important clues” during preliminary investigations. A special team was also constituted to raid more places in the area.  He added the police was trying to determine the “desired targets of these suspected terrorists”.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bani Amin told media that the police was already on high alert therefore it was able to prevent the terrorist attacks. “The police have saved the city from a disaster by timely recovery of these explosives,” he said.

Amin added, “The [vials recovered] are used to numb the mind of a suicide bomber.”

The IGP said the terrorists “probably” entered Islamabad from Rawalpindi through the IJP Road. He said the police are investigating the matter and will have more details by Sunday (today).

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Miqs
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Great job Islamabad Police
    Keep the people safe

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  • Rsingh
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:41PM

    This time target was creme de la creme of Pakistani ruling class, Taliban hopefully have realised targeting innocent civilans in busy market will yield nothing, since Pakistani elite just don’t care about them.Recommend

  • Salman Nisar
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Bravo… Claps for gud work by POLICE!

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  • Zafar
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Good work police. There might be many tiny such cells in and around Islamabad and Pindhi. Keep busting them as much as you can.

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  • Saleem
    Oct 8, 2011 - 3:39PM

    Although the roadblocks are extremely irritating but good to see some benefit coming out of them. Excellent work by Police while knowing that when terrorists are cornered , they do not hesitate to blast at the checkpost itself. Once again … job well done !

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  • Andrea
    Oct 8, 2011 - 5:04PM

    Good job by the police. Now it’s time to play the devious game of the Afghanis and Indians- let’s not wait for any evidence but blame it on them and their agents. Whenever there is anything wrong, we should just get into the habit of blaming our neighbours. This has worked well for the Afghanis and Indians who blame everything on Pakistan without proof. I sal;ute the efforts of the Islamabad police for bringing things under control. Too often we are critical of our security forces but we forget the great work they do and the sacrifices they make.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Oct 8, 2011 - 5:42PM

    How did they get all this ammunition into Islamabad?Recommend

  • Cautious
    Oct 8, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Good job – now follow through and make sure they are convicted in court and sent to jail.

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  • Zahid Aslam
    Oct 8, 2011 - 6:40PM

    Great work Isb Police thnx u…..

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  • Rajan
    Oct 8, 2011 - 6:57PM

    @Andrea:
    I thought u guys already do that……with much elan, I may add.
    Remember, the “hidden arm”/”external forces inimical to…: incantation by your interior minister to anything that happens wrong in pakistan.
    Surely, there are other worthy causes in pakistan to expend your energy on.

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  • Ali
    Oct 8, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Good work!

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  • Salman
    Oct 8, 2011 - 9:48PM

    @Rajan, how wrong you are. I understand your blind support for your homeland – Hindustan but if you see they have not blamed any neighboring country for this. If same would have happened in India , even before the news leaking out your army general would have blamed it on Pakistan… see the facts dear before commenting .

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  • Kashif
    Oct 9, 2011 - 12:35AM

    Another staged ‘drama’ to lower the morale of TTP and absorb more attention from the people and in the meantime make a pretext for the blame-game. You will soon hear Rehman Malik accusing external hands [India and Afghanistan] involved.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 9, 2011 - 5:43AM

    great work Islamabad police.

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 9, 2011 - 6:42AM

    @Salman

    How wrong you are. I understand your blind support for your homeland – Pakistan. However, if you look at history, Pakistan has hardly ever caught or punished the culprits and instead blamed the neighbors.

    Your country is famous for protecting criminals and terrorists. Most terror attacks on India emanated from Pakistan. In fact, most attacks on Afghanistan are emanating from Pakistan today.

    See the facts dear, before commenting.

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  • Oct 9, 2011 - 8:35AM

    @Salman: You are absolutely correct. A splendid job by the Islamabad police. Kudos to them. But Karachi is a pot pourri of incongrous elements.
    Some of the commenters from India forget their own terrorist groups and extremists like CM Narendra Modi of Ahmedabad and sixteen plus movements that want separate homelands from India. Salams brother.

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