Aug 10

Islamabad mosque bomber identified, caught on CCTV

PAKISTAN UNREST ATTACKSISLAMABAD: The suicide bomber whose attack on a mosque in Islamabad was foiled on Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Zaka Ullah, CNBC Pakistan reported.

Sources said that Zaka Ullah was resident of Chak no. 239 of tehsil bhawana in Chiniot district of Punjab.

With seven sons in a local seminary, they said the terrorist had a religious family background.

On Friday, a video footage of the bomber was obtained by CNBC Pakistan from three CCTV cameras installed inside the mosque.

A major terrorism attempt was foiled on Friday afternoon when he was gunned down, by security guards while trying to enter a mosque in Bara Kahu, a village on the northeastern outskirts of Islamabad.

He could not explode his jacket. A guard was killed in an exchange of fire with the bomber before he was shot dead. – CNBC Pakistan

Jul 12

Lahore: Nine policemen shot dead in Ichhra

LAHORE: Gunmen on Thursday killed nine police and prison staff, and wounded three others after storming a building in Ichhra where they were sleeping, police said.Lahore  Nine policemen shot dead in Ichhra

It was the second attack in three days on security personnel in the province of Punjab, raising fears of a fresh wave of violence.

Police said the dawn attack, in which 10 gunmen stormed a residential property housing officers from the country’s troubled northwest who were in the city for training, bore the hallmarks of a similar assault on an army camp on Monday.

Punjab police chief Habibur Rehman said the attackers came on three motorcycles and one car, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades.

They then stormed the building in the densely populated area of Ichhra, where up to 35 police and prison staff were sleeping early Thursday.

“Nine people have died so far in this attack,” Rehman told reporters at the scene.

Rescue workers wrapped bodies in white sheets and survivors sobbed over the deaths of their colleagues as bullet casings lay discarded outside the two-storey grey building.

Lahore city police chief Aslam Tareen told that nine people were also wounded.

Police blamed the “same gang” who killed seven security personnel at an army camp in District Gujrat on Monday.

“All defunct organisations are working in close cooperation with each other” to attack security forces, Rehman told reporters.

A senior security official told that in Monday’s attack it was “highly likely” that the gunmen belonged to a banned organisation in league with the Taliban.