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Taliban despatch 300 terrorists to attack major Pak cities

world Updated: Apr 26, 2009 16:47 IST

Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud plans to carry out terror attacks in major cities, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore, and has despatched his top five commanders along with 300 terrorists and suicide bombers to execute the mission.

The five Taliban commanders will supervise the terrorist operations planned by Mehsud and the Taliban Himayat Tehrik in these cities, Interior Ministry sources told The News daily.

The Taliban commanders who had left North Waziristan on the mission were identified by intelligence agencies as Shikaari, Inayatullah, Walid, Mujahid and Abdali, sources said.

A security official said the Taliban commanders had left North Waziristan Agency for Islamabad on April 11 along with an explosives-laden Toyota Corolla car with the registration number IDG-8720.

The sources, quoting an intelligence report, said about 300 terrorists and suicide bombers would reach Islamabad with the five commanders.

However, law enforcement agencies are unaware whether the militants have reached their destination or postponed their operation, the official said.

Interior Secretary Kamal Shah confirmed the report and said foolproof security measures have been adopted to thwart the threats.

“The law enforcement agencies have chalked out counter strategies to deal with the situation,” he said.