Pakistan on the hunt for suicide bombers who entered from Afghanistan and kill 64 people
Pakistani authorities are looking for a group of suicide bombers who allegedly entered from Afghanistan to target different locations , a media reported said on Thursday.
Islamabad: Pakistani authorities are looking for a group of suicide bombers who allegedly entered from Afghanistan to target different locations , a media reported said on Thursday.
The tip-off came after the deadly bombing in Kabul last week which killed 64 people and for which Afghanistan blamed the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.
The Dawn reported that as many as 11 suicide bombers entered from Afghanistan some 22 days ago, and two of them blew themselves up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently.
According to the sources, the bombers were affiliated with Sajna Group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The information about them and their entry in the country was gathered by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and shared with the authorities concerned, they added.
"They may strike in the Punjab, especially in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore," the sources revealed. The agency has advised the authorities concerned to improve security in and around hospitals, shopping centres, markets, parks, food streets and malls to prevent any terrorist activity, the officials added.
Intelligence agencies have kept an eye on slums and rural areas for possible presence of terrorists, he added. "An information-based operation is being conducted by agencies and Rangers in these areas," he added. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan in the past blamed each other that militants were using their soil to carry out attacks.
Khan’s remarks came days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a Congressional hearing indicated that Pakistan was involved in harbouring members of the Taliban, including the militants of the dreaded Haqqani Network.
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