Terrorists from tribal areas infiltrate into Lahore

Lahore, Aug 31 (Inditop.com) Intelligence agencies have warned that 17 terrorists from Pakistan’s tribal areas have entered Lahore to possibly target sensitive installations, mosques, Iftar parties and political personalities.

The warning is contained in a report to the interior ministry, Online news agency reported.

Lahore police chief Pervez Rathore told reporters that security has been enhanced in the city, with additional forces deployed outside recreational sites, mosques, the Imambargah and sensitive installations.

Several people have lost their lives as Lahore has been targeted by terrorists seven times in the past few months.

On March 3, six Sri Lankan cricketers were wounded when gunmen attacked the team travelling to the Gaddafi Stadium for a Test match with Sri Lankan. Six policemen and two civilians died in the assault, which prompted the Sri Lankan government to immediately fly the team home.

On March 30, a group of heavily armed terrorists had stormed the Manawan Police Academy, located 12 km from the border with India and held some 400 trainees hostage for nearly eight hours before the security forces recaptured the complex. Eight attackers, an equal number of trainees and two civilians were killed in the assault.

Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the repeated drone strikes by the coalition forces in Afghanistan on supposed Taliban and Al Qaeda strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas along its western border.

Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month in the South Waziristan region along the border with Afghanistan.