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Terrorism-related Incidents in Islamabad - 2010





January 7

Police arrested an important ‘leader’ of the TTP, Israr Amin, from Islamabad. A stolen military vehicle along with unlicensed arms and ammunition were recovered from his possession. Quoting the arrested TTP leader, Israr Amin, Police sources said that Amin intended to use the vehicle for a suicide attack on sensitive locations in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Amin confessed during interrogation that he was tasked with stealing vehicles before supplying them to a certain militant group to carry out suicide bombings, added Police sources. The TTP leader had stolen five military vehicles in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the North West Frontier Province for suicide attacks on Army installations in the country, including Rawalpindi, Police sources added further. Islamabad Police Deputy Inspector General Binyamin confirmed the TTP leader’s arrest. However, Dawn reports that the arrested militant was the ‘deputy chief’ of TTP.

February 5

The JuD, front organisation of the LeT, held a public meeting in Islamabad, vowing to seize Kashmir by force and threatening "rivers of blood" in India. In Lahore too, the JuD organised a public rally, led by its chief Hafiz Saeed, alleged by India to have masterminded the Mumbai attacks. The rally went from the JuD headquarters in Chauburji to the University Grounds, where Hafiz Saeed led the participants in Friday prayers.

The Lok Virsa (Museum situated in Islamabad) in collaboration with the Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ministry organised a festival in Islamabad to show solidarity with Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination.

March 3

The British High Commission in Islamabad received a call from an unidentified person threatening to "blow them up" if the BHC did not close down its offices in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

March 14

Around 279 suspects were arrested from Rawalpindi and Islamabad during search operations in the wake of militant activities in Lahore.

March 15

Police recovered around 70 kilograms of explosive material from a Toyota Hiace (LXK-1618) during checking near Toll Plaza on I. J. Principal Road under Sabzi Mandi Police Station in Islamabad.

March 22

Police arrested two militants who were masterminds behind a bomb attack on a UN office that killed five persons in Islamabad on October 5, 2009. Acting Police Chief of Islamabad Bani Amin Khan said both militants belonged to the TTP and were planning more attacks, including strikes on a western club in Islamabad and a hotel used by foreigners.

April 6

A mini-truck belonging to the National Logistical Cell was snatched away in Islamabad by unidentified persons after intoxicating and injuring the driver. As the NLC provides logistic support to armed forces, missing of a vehicle of such an important organization has raised many questions. "It is of no use for an ordinary car snatcher. It can be used for any terrorist activity as has happened in the past when militants used army uniforms in an attack on the GHQ (General Headquarters)," said a Police officer.

April 7

A bomb exploded in a parking lot adjacent to a patrol pump in the Jinnah Super Market in Islamabad.

April 13

An explosive device, apparently home-made, went off here in the green belt near Overseas Pakistanis Foundation College in Sector H-8/4 of Islamabad at around 1:00 p.m (PST), almost at the time of the college closure, causing fear among the students and parents.

April 18

The capital city police arrested three TTP militants, including the mastermind of the Rescue 15 bomb blast. The militants were identified as Shafiqur Rehman alias Adam, Abdul Qayum alias Mufti and Ghulam Tabassum. Police sources said Mullah Shafiq and Ghulam Tabassum were the masterminds of Suicide attack on Rescue-15 offices in Sector G-9/1 of Islamabad on June 6, 2009, which killed two Policemen and injured four others.

May 5

A court in Islamabad acquitted four persons accused of planning and masterminding the suicide bomb attack on the five-star Marriott Hotel on September 20, 2008 on grounds of insufficient evidences.

May 6

Punjab Government has issued orders to place the four persons accused of masterminding the Marriot Hotel blast under house arrest for one month. The order came shortly after their release by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) due to inadequate evidence.

May 23

As many as 40 personnel of Islamabad Police have died in the line of duty during the last few years, whereas 90 militants, including would-be suicide bombers, were arrested from the administrative jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) in Punjab averting possible disasters in the same period, said Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam in a press statement.

May 26

The Islamabad Capitol Territory Police arrested a militant and two of his accomplices and seized a hand grenade from their possession from sector I-10/1 in Islamabad in Punjab. The arrested militant, identified as Muhammad Naeem, a resident of Malakand Agency, had received terrorist training in Afghanistan and was working as a recruiter for the Taliban (TTP) militants. His accomplices were identified as Nurullah and Saleemullah.

May 30

An attempt to abduct Interior Minister Rehman Malik's brother was foiled by his driver in Islamabad in Punjab. Unidentified armed men attempted to stop Khalid Malik outside the Ministers Enclave when he was leaving his residence in a car. However, the armed men fled from the scene after the driver sped away and reached a nearby Police check post.

June 8

Unidentified militants attacked and set fire to a convoy of about 50 tankers and containers of the NATO forces heading towards Peshawar on the Motorway, at the Sangjani area of Ternol near Islamabad in Punjab, killing four persons and injuring three others.

June 8

Law enforcement agencies have arrested some 26 persons in Islamabad and recovered weapons from them.


July 6

Taking advantage of the new violence in Kashmir, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin addressed a rally in Islamabad to "denounce human rights violations in Kashmir".

August 4

The Islamabad Police shot dead an alleged militant in sector G-8 and arrested another in an encounter.

August 5

The Islamabad Police obtained seven days physical remand of a suspected terrorist to interrogate him about his accomplices.

Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police claimed that the alleged terrorist Zahirud Din, who was killed in G-8, was shot dead by his own fellow.

August 17

Four suspected TTP terrorists were arrested by intelligence agency from Fatehjang Road in Islamabad. Their arrest also led to the recovery of three Kalashnikovs, six pistols and maps of five sensitive installations located in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The arrested militants were identified as Mohammad Uzair, Jehangir, Talha and Rustam Ustad.

August 22

The Islamabad Capital Territory Police left the security of mosques at the disposal of mosque committees exposing the faithful to the risk of terrorism during Ramzan.

September 8

The Police claimed to have arrested three accomplices of Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect/accused of Time Square bombing plot in New York. Police said that arrested suspects Akhtar, Shoaib Mughal and Shahid had provided financial help to Shahzad. All the suspects belong to TTP, Police added.

September 12

The Police foiled a terrorist bid to blow up tankers carrying fuel supplies for NATO by defusing 10 kilogrammes explosive attached to one of them near a petrol pump located on G.T. Road, a kilometres away from Rawat area of Islamabad.

September 15

Firing on Islamabad Expressway from where motorcade of PM passed sometime earlier showed a serious security lapse. After passing of PM's motorcade from the Expressway two militants started aerial firing near Dhoke Kala Khan area.

September 17

The Police defused a bomb found from the place from where few days ago two bombs were found in the limits of Rawat Police Station in Islamabad.

September 28

Three suspected militants of the TTP were arrested from Jinnah town, located in the limits of Sihala Police Station in Islamabad in Punjab. Sources said one of them, Zar Wali, was an important TTP leader in Swat's Charbagh area. The three suspects were members of Qari Mushtaq outfit of Charbagh, they added.

September 30

A suspected TTP militant, Faisal Abbasi, was arrested by SFs from Islamabad of Punjab for allegedly facilitating Faisal Shahzad, the failed New York Time Square car bomber.

October 3

Six persons were killed and over a dozen sustained injuries when unidentified militants opened fire at 28 NATO oil tankers and set them ablaze near the DHA Phase 2 on Grand Trunk Road in Islamabad, the national capital of Pakistan.


October 18

Police arrested 12 suspects, including Afghans, and seized 21 vehicles, including 10 motorcycles, in a search operation in Sihala and Koral areas of Islamabad

November 15

The Federal Capital Police foiled an attack on the office of the CIA, arrested a terrorist and recovered explosive material with a detonator from his possession. The suspect was trying to sneak into the main office of CIA to blow up the building. The alleged terrorist was identified as Muhammad Rafique, son of Noor Muhammad, belonging to Jabba area of Abdur Rahimkhail in Orakzai Agency of FATA.

November 22

The Islamabad Police recovered 130 kilograms of explosive material which was concealed in seven cartons and being transported from Peshawar to Rawalpindi and Islamabad for subversive activities.

November 26

SFs arrested two suicide bombers attempting to attack the Parliament and a mosque in an up market neighbourhood in the capital city of Islamabad. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said one of the militants came from the north western town of Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and intended to carry out a suicide attack on a mosque in F8-1, a neighbourhood where many Westerners and wealthy Pakistanis live. Later, the militants confessed that they were cadres of a South Waziristan Agency based terrorist outfit linked with TTP.

December 2

Security of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad was beefed up, and the university closed for three days, after intelligence reports and a threat letter received by the NUML revealed that terrorists planned to attack it.


December 16

The JuD ‘chief’ and November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed made his first public appearance since his release in 2009, on December 16 in the national capital, Islamabad, in the company of leading Pakistani politicians, and stoutly opposed Pakistani Government's move to repeal the country's controversial blasphemy law.

December 23

Abdulrauf Rigi, a senior member of the Jundallah, was arrested from Islamabad. Jundallah was involved in the December 15 terrorist attack at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Chabahar in Sistan-Baluchestan Province of Iran where at least 38 persons were killed and more than 89 others were injured.






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