Sunday, July 29, 2007

600 suicide bombers at large near Islamabad

Islamabad: The Pakistan Government has sounded a red alert in the wake of reports about the presence of 600 suicide bombers within the limits of the national capital and asked security personnel to avoid gathering in groups and not to wear uniform in public.

Around 600 suicide bombers are hiding in madrassas and mosques within and around the limits of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the Daily Times quoted officials as saying.

Most of these bombers are believed to be those who went missing after the crackdown on the Lal Masjid and the boys and girls madrasas attached to it.

“Around 600 students of the Jamia Hafsa and the Jamia Fareedia have not returned to their homes after the Lal Masjid operation. These are the people called ‘missing students’ and they are hiding in madrassas and mosques in and around the two cities. These are walking bombs and are determined to blow themselves up any time, anywhere,” investigators said.

The presence of the bombers was revealed by the sacked chief cleric of the Lal Masjid, Abdul Aziz, who is in custody. “During interrogation, Aziz said 500-600 students of the two madrassas had been trained, equipped and brainwashed to carry out suicide attacks.

These students left the madrassa according to a plan before the final operation against the mosque was launched,” the official said.

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