Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pakistan: Terror by Cyanide attack foiled?

Pakistan Foils Ashura Attacks.

Using Cyanide to poison refreshment stands along route of Ahsura Processions?

That's what Pakistani authorities are saying. The good news ? The plot was broken up and mastermind Mohammed Ejaz was one of the Moslem terrorists arrested. (This is a good capture. However, given Pakistan's recent track record with prisoners, I wonder how long it will be before he "escapes" from jail.)

Police in Pakistan have arrested five men, including an alleged suicide bomber, on charges of planning to attack Shia processions in Karachi. The men were arrested in raids on Friday night, the day before the religious festival of Ashura.

"The suspects have acknowledged, after initial interrogations, that they planned to attack processions on the 9th and 10th of Muharram [19 and 20 January] with grenades and suicide attack," Azher Farooqi, police chief of Sindh province, said.

"They also planned to attack army installations in the city, and intended to use cyanide to poison the sabeels." Sabeels are refreshment stands, with juices and water, available to mourners in the Ashura processions.

This is the first time that police in Pakistan have recovered cyanide suspected to be meant for terror use. As well as cyanide, the police also recovered 6kg of explosive materials, several grenades and small arms. Mr Farooqi said that the arrested men were trained at a militant camp near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan.

According to him, the arrested leader of the alleged terror cell, Mohammad Ejaz, was an expert in bomb-making and in the construction of explosive jackets for suicide bombers.

There were three men also arrested in Hyderabad for "similar circumstances."

Ejaz has ties to Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani', or the "only hope for the Taliban to be successful against the US-led forces in Afghanistan"and one of the main Taleban commanders fighting Nato forces in Afghanistan.

OAN: Gateway Pundit is reporting that Pakistan has arrested a 15 year old(!)and his dirty, rotten handler behind Benazir Bhutto's assasination.