An Egyptian national was arrested from the Wahadat
colony in Quetta on charges of having links with the Al Qaeda
network, said official sources. American intelligence officials
along with local security personnel are reported to have taken
him to an unknown destination for interrogation.
Three security force personnel and a civilian
are injured in a landmine blast in the Chamlang area of Quetta,
capital of Balochistan province.
Three persons, including two FC officers, were
injured in a landmine explosion, at Chamlang area, Kohlu district,
Baluchistan. They were on an official jeep when the blast occurred.
FC officials said unidentified terrorists had planted the landmine.
Two explosive devices went off in Quetta. While
the first explosion occurred at Inscomb Road another was reported
from the Quetta cantonment area. However, no loss of life or injuries
was reported during these explosions.
In a suspected sectarian incident, unidentified
assailants shot and injured a Shia doctor when he was standing
beside his clinic at Sibi in Quetta. President of the Anjuman-e-Hussainia,
Sibi, Dr Syed Suqalain Naqvi, was reportedly associated with the
Shia group Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan (TJP) in the past.
In a sectarian attack, 13 trainee police personnel
belonging to the local Hazara community of the Shia sect are killed
and eight others injured at Sariab Road in Quetta.
In a suspected sectarian incident, two unidentified
assailants killed Syed Niaz Hussain Shah, a Shia leader and vice
president of Imam Bargah Satellite Town, in Quetta. No arrests
have been made thus far in connection with this incident.
Authorities in Quetta arrested five Taliban fugitives
from Zhob during its hunt for the Taliban-Al Qaeda operatives
fleeing from Afghanistan. "The authorities have also confiscated
huge quantity of arms during the operation including landmines,
hand grenades, rocket launchers, SMG rifles, missiles, and thousands
of bullets loaded on a truck," an unnamed official said.
At least 44 persons were killed and 65 others
injured when three armed terrorists, including a suspected suicide
bomber, attacked a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta, capital of
the Southwestern Baluchistan province, during the Friday prayers.
Curfew was imposed in the city and troops were deployed to maintain
law and order as angry mobs set ablaze several vehicles following
the massacre. According to media reports, over 450 worshippers
were offering Friday prayers at the mosque, Jama Masjid-o-Imambargah
Kalaan Isna Ashri, when three terrorists opened indiscriminate
fire with automatic weapons and explosive devices. In retaliation,
some of the worshippers attacked the killers and one of them,
who had tied an explosive devise to his chest, pulled out its
pin. The device reportedly exploded killing the terrorist. However,
a conflicting report said that two police officials rushed towards
the mosque and opened fire on the terrorists, injuring them. Two
of the terrorists later blew themselves up. The police defused
the explosive device that was tied to the third attacker. He reportedly
succumbed to his injuries later. Separately, head of the Federal
Interior Ministry's National Crises Management Cell, Brigadier
Javed Cheema, said that at least one of the assailants appeared
to be a suicide bomber as he had grenades tied to his body and
was blown up.
Police in Quetta detain 19 suspects for interrogation
in connection with the July 4 massacre at a mosque in which 53
persons were killed.
President of the Baluchistan Shiite Conference,
Syed Ashraf Zaidi, claims that the al
Qaeda was responsible for the July 4 attack on a mosque in
Quetta in which 53 persons were killed.
Security agencies arrested three suspects for
their alleged links to the July 4 massacre at a Shia mosque in
Quetta in which at least 53 persons were killed. A senior police
officer said that the arrests were made in Mach, east of Quetta,
after interrogation of certain suspects already in custody.
Proscribed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
claims responsibility for the July 4-Quetta mosque attack in which
at least 53 persons were killed.
A former Taliban
'commander', Zainuddin Achakzai, is reportedly shot dead by unidentified
assailants in the Pashtoonabad area on the outskirts of Quetta.
Police in Quetta seized a large cache of arms
and ammunition, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, in
the Dasht area of Mastung district and arrested one person. "It
is the biggest seizure of heavy arms and ammunition in the country,"
Inspector General of Police, Baluchistan, Shoaib Suddle, said
at a press conference. The police seized 195 Russian-made RPG-7
rockets, three 75mm recoil-less guns, two 20mm guns, three 12.7mm
anti-aircraft guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The
weapons, mostly of Russian origin, were reportedly hidden underground
in the house of the accused, Mir Hazar Kurd, said Suddle. He added
that the arms and ammunition had been smuggled from Afghanistan
for terrorist activity in Pakistan.
Security agencies seized a large cache of arms
and ammunition in a raid conducted in the Mangochar area of district
Kalat in the Quetta region. The recoveries included two anti-aircraft
guns, four rocket launchers, two mortars, 21 hand grenades, 237
shells of anti aircraft guns, 43 rockets, 24 propellers, 24 mortar
shells, one anti-aircraft long barrel and 6,640 rounds of different
caliber. However, no arrests were made from the incident site.
A bomb and a rocket exploded at two different
places in Quetta. However, no loss of life or property was reported.
In the first incident, unidentified assailants hurled an explosive
device towards the premises of Fauji Foundation Model School near
Shahbaz Town. Separately, a rocket exploded at Killi Paind Khan
in the outskirts of the city, a little while after the first explosion.
Five personnel of the FC were injured during a
landmine explosion in the Sui area near Quetta on the Sindh-Baluchistan
border. Separately, reports from the Chamalang area have indicated
that unidentified assailants fired seven rockets at an FC check
post. Five of the seven rockets exploded near the post. However,
no casualties were reported.
Two rockets exploded in different areas of Quetta,
including the Frontier Corps headquarters. However, no loss of
life or injuries was reported in these attacks.
Police in Quetta arrested four suspects of a terrorist
network involved in June 8 and July 4 sectarian terrorism incidents
in which over 60 persons were killed. Three of the alleged terrorists
were killed in the July 4 attack at a Shiite Muslim mosque in
Quetta while two of them are still at large, said official sources.
The three dead terrorists who attacked the mosque were identified
as Muhammad Khan, Noor Ahmed and Abdul Shakoor, said Inspector
General Police (IGP) Shoaib Suddle. The IGP also said that investigations
had indicated that these three terrorists had often visited Afghanistan
and had links with a defunct sectarian group. The investigations
have reportedly revealed that the gang was also involved in other
sectarian violence in Baluchistan, including Quetta. The gang
is also involved in the murder of two police personnel on November
1, 2002, murders of four Hindus on February 8, 2003, murder of
local jeweller on May 31, 2003, and the killing of 12 Shia police
trainees on June 8, 2003, he added.
Security agencies in Quetta arrested Hafiz Hameedullah,
younger brother of Baluchistan Health Minister Hafiz Hamdullah,
on his alleged links with the Taliban militia. The arrest was
made reportedly after investigations of 26 Taliban cadres, who
were arrested two weeks ago from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border
in Chaman, Quetta. Meanwhile, the Health Minister said that his
brother was innocent and had no links to the Taliban.
Three high power explosive devices exploded at
three different places in Quetta. However, no loss of life or
injuries was immediately known. While the first two explosions
were reported from Kolvin Road the third one occurred in the Shahbaz
A bomb exploded outside the Brewery police station
in Quetta. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
One person was injured as unidentified assailants
fired two rockets in the Quetta Cantonment area. Separately, unidentified
armed men are reported to have fired three rockets near a camp
of the FC in District Kohlu on the same day. However, no loss
of life or injuries was reported in these attacks.
Two police personnel were reportedly injured when
unidentified armed men hurled a hand-grenade on a police camp
at Sariab Road in Quetta. Separately, two rockets were fired by
unidentified assailants near the Quetta Cantonment area. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported in this incident.
Two journalists and seven police personnel are
injured in three bomb blasts in the Satellite Town area of Quetta.
At least 200 Afghans have reportedly been arrested
in a crackdown on illegal immigrants following a series of bomb
and rocket attacks recently in Quetta. 'We have geared up the
campaign against (illegal immigrants) for the last four days in
the wake of incidents of bomb explosions and rocket strikes,'
police chief in Baluchistan province Shoaib Suddle said. He said
that 20 of them were suspected to be involved in the recent attacks.
Seven persons were injured on November 10 when three bombs exploded
in Quetta and earlier in October 2003, two bomb explosions had
damaged a railway line. In the recent past, there have been several
rocket attacks in Quetta, mostly targeting offices of the paramilitary
Frontier Constabulary. The police chief, however, denied reports
that Taliban cadres were finding shelter in Baluchistan and were
using the province to launch attacks in Afghanistan.
Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami in Dera Bugti, Amanullah
Bugti, and his two associates are killed near Dera Bugti, approximately
340 kilometers from Quetta.
Two bombs reportedly exploded near the railway
station in Quetta. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
While the first blast took place near the Railway Police Station,
another occurred near the Railway Bridge at Joint Road.
A bomb blast was reported from a residential area
in Quetta, capital city of Baluchistan. However, no loss of life
or injuries was immediately known.
A bomb exploded in the staff colony of the University
of Baluchistan in Quetta. There were no casualties in this blast.
A 12-year-old Afghan boy was reportedly killed
in a bomb explosion near the residence of Afghan President Hamid
Karzai in Quetta. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.
None of Karzai's family was at home when the bomb exploded, around
20 metres from the house, where Karzai lived during his period
of exile from Afghanistan. Seven persons were injured in two bomb
blasts in a rubbish dump in the same area in November 2003.
At least four persons were reportedly injured
in two bomb explosions near Abdul Sattar Road in Quetta, capital
of Baluchistan. An unnamed police official said that the Baloch
Liberation Army had claimed responsibility for the blasts.
Two bombs exploded at two different places in
Quetta, capital of Baluchistan. However, no loss of life or injuries
was reported. While the first bomb exploded in Jogezai Street
near Ayub Stadium, another explosion was reported within 20 minutes
from the Killi Ismail area.
Two bomb explosions were reported from the Ibrahim
Street area near Kawari road in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan.
However, there was no loss of life or injuries in these explosions.
An unidentified person is reported to have said that the Baloch
Liberation Army had carried out the bombing.