Fear of Taliban strike on Pak nuclear site, forces on alert
Large contingents of the Pakistan army and local police have been moved to one of the country’s biggest nuclear facilities at Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province fearing a Taliban strike, a local daily reported Thursday.world Updated: Sep 07, 2012 01:48 IST
Large contingents of the Pakistan army and local police have been moved to one of the country’s biggest nuclear facilities at Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province fearing a Taliban strike, a local daily reported Thursday.
Later in the day, the bodies of three terrorists were recovered from a building 30km from the plant, police said. An officer said the facility was the target but the terrorists’ suicide vests malfunctioned and exploded.
The Express Tribune, quoting a Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission official, said red alert was sounded at the military site after the ISI intercepted a phone call in which Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan men were heard discussing a suicide attack.
The government and army have not commented on the report.
But, forces were asked to launch a crackdown against banned outfits, police confirmed. Military has also been deployed near the border with Balochistan.
The nature of the threat was “serious”, with an 80% chance of occurrence, the daily said.
The Taliban recently warned they’d avenge the killing of their south Punjab head Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani by attacking the nuclear facility, the report said.
First Published: Sep 07, 2012 01:45 IST