Police foil attack on Military Academy Kakul
02 October, 2013
ABBOTTABAD: Abbottabad police has arrested two suspected terrorists planning an attack on the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul and recovered a huge cache of ammunition, including three suicide jackets, from Dhamtor in a midnight operation.
DIG Hazara Akhter Hayat Khan Gandapur, in a hurriedly called press conference at the DPO office on Tuesday, said that both the accused had close links with al Qaeda and were working for a banned religious organisation.
In the initial interrogation, they admitted to being part of a gang involved in the rocket attack on the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, in January 2012, and later in a bank robbery on August 2 in Mansehra, in which five robbers were killed in a police encounter.
While giving more details, the DIG said that two days back, a local police squad was conducting routine checking on the main Mansehra road when it flagged down two suspicious persons going towards Abbottabad on a motorbike, but instead of stopping they ditched the motorbike and escaped into the nearby forest. The police party chased them and found caps, helmet, mobile phone, a rocket launcher and a telescope.
A FIR was registered against them at the Mirpur Police Station on September 29. Special teams under the supervision of DPO Abbottabad Muhammad Ali Gandapur were constituted to conduct the raid with the help of different civil and other law enforcing agencies. They succeeded in arresting one Farooq, and on his identification, police recovered a huge quantity of ammunition from the house of Muhammad Ashraf.
It is noteworthy that Muhammad Ashraf is the father of Yasir who was killed in the police encounter in the bank dacoity on August 2. DIG Akhter Hayat Khan said that according to papers and material recovered from the suspects, they were planning to hit some sensitive targets in Abbottabad and other parts of the country.
"They are fully trained and have been members of banned militant organisations," Hayat Khan said. He added that extraordinary preventive measures have been taken in the entire Hazara Division and police patrolling has been increased.
DPO Muhammad Ali Gandapur told journalists that a joint investigation is being carried out by the civil and military investigation agencies and they have found clues to other terrorist hideouts. Police recovered mortar artillery shells, rockets, suicide jackets, a detonators, and ammunition from the hideouts.