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Terrorism-related Incidents in Lahore - 2005





December 7

The Lahore Police claimed to have arrested five suspected militants belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army for carrying out bomb blasts in Punjab and Karachi.


October 30

Lahore Police arrested a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) cadre, Awais alias Faisal, from the Model Town area. Explosives weighing two kilograms and some detonators were seized from his possession.


October 2

Police arrested four activists of a proscribed terrorist group from various areas of Lahore. Police sources said the men were arrested as part of a campaign against expected terrorism during Ramadan, adding that the raids occurred at Wadat Colony, Township, Hanjerwal and Sabzazar.


September 27

The Lahore Police arrested four Afghan terrorists following an encounter in the Gulberg area. Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations), Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, stated at a press conference that the men were probably trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan and also took part in the war against American forces there. He said the detainees had admitted to over 100 crimes, which included robberies and murders, during interrogation. Khan identified the four as Bashar alias Bashri and Naseebullah Khan, residents of Jalalabad in Afghanistan, Peshawar resident Namet Khan and Khan Colony resident Gull Khan. Police also recovered Rupees 150,000, some gold, two stolen cars, Afghan and Japanese currency, three pistols, two Kalashnikovs, a shotgun and a large number of bullets from them.


September 23

Police have arrested two men and a couple for the September 22 bomb blasts in Lahore. Police sources said that two men were arrested from Sadiqabad with explosives and other bomb-making material on September 23-night, and on their information, a couple was arrested from Lahore. The couple, Pathanay Khan and Zarina Khan, were arrested from their rented house near Data Darbar shrine and PKR 200,000 in cash was recovered from them.


September 22

Nine persons were killed and over 33 persons injured in two separate bomb blasts. The first bomb, reportedly a home-made time-device strapped to a bicycle, detonated about 10.40 am (PST) outside the public toilets located near Minar-e-Pakistan in the precincts of Lorry Adda police station. A vendor, Ghulam Yasin, died and 15 persons sustained injuries. Within an hour, another 'cycle bomb' exploded near a cigarette shop along the Ferozepur Road in Ichhra police limits, killing four people on the spot. Another injured person succumbed to his injuries later.


September 12

The Lahore Police is reported to have raided a house in the Walton Road area and arrested two members of an outlawed group. During the raid, police also seized two kilograms of explosives, detonators, compact discs and audio cassettes about Jehad, said Police officer Chaudhry Shafqaat Ahmed. He did not name the group to which the men - identified as Mubashir Ishaq and Rana Javed - are suspected of having links.


September 9

The Lahore Police foiled a possible terrorist attack by arresting three terrorists from the Lorry Adda Area. They also recovered 30 electric detonators, two walkie-talkie sets, some explosive material and an unspecified number of timer devices and hand grenades minutes before the terrorists were to carry out an attack at the busy Lorry Adda locality. The terrorists were identified as Rana Nukhaiz, Amir Iqbal and Asif Saeed, suspected to be part of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). "These terrorists having direct links with some defunct religious organisations, are well-trained and experts in producing poisonous gases from chemicals", said Police officer Chaudhry Shafqaat Ahmed.


July 22

Lahore Police detained at least 150 people on charges of misusing loudspeaker in mosques and another 15 suspected cadres of outlawed groups, as part of the ongoing crackdown against Islamist extremism in the Punjab province. Those arrested belonged to the outlawed LeJ, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Tehrir.


July 21

Security agencies targeted activists of banned religious groups, including the Hizb-ul-Tehrir, and arrested dozens of militants, clerics and activists in various parts of the Punjab province. Sources said more than 50 people were arrested in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Jhelum and other parts of the province.


July 19

At least 30 cadres of outlawed groups are arrested in the Punjab province, including 11 at Lahore and three in Faisalabad.


July 16

The Punjab Government arrested 10 people from Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore during a crackdown against militant outfits. Sources said the crackdown was launched after the media reported that some London bombing suspects had stayed at various seminaries.


May 31

The Lahore Police is reported to have arrested a suspected member of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) from Harbanspura. The man, identified as Qazi Manzoor and hailing from southern Punjab, had escaped from Karachi and the Lahore Police arrested him from a house in Harbanspura and subsequently took him to an undisclosed location for interrogation.


May 18

Two members of the outlawed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) were arrested during a raid at a hotel in Lahore. Unconfirmed reports identified them as Mohammed Khaliq and Maulvi Mohammed Sadiq. The latter was wanted by the police for a suspected role in the killing of an Iranian diplomat in 1992 and is believed to be a fund-raiser for al Qaeda, an unnamed intelligence official said.


April 1

Allama Ghulam Hussain Najafi, Vice Principal of a leading Shia seminary Jamia-ul-Muntazir, was shot dead, while his daughter and a teenage student sustained injuries, during a terrorist attack in the Model Colony area. Najafi was on the hit list of sectarian terrorists and had already been attacked on three earlier occasions.


March 15

Lahore Police arrested five LeJ activists, including Imran alias Bobby, the alleged mastermind of the Sialkot mosque and Mochi Gate suicide bombings in October 2004. Bobby was arrested from Lahore during Muharram and later his four accomplices in Jhang.


March 14

Mufti Eid Muhammad, an explosives expert for the outlawed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was arrested in Lahore. Eid Muhammad, who carried a Rupees 500,000 bounty, also directed the police to arrest two of his accomplices hiding in Karachi. According to Daily Times, Eid Muhammad is alleged to have who rigged Chaklala Bridge, Rawalpindi, with explosives in an attempt to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf on December 14, 2003, in Rawalpindi. He is also alleged to have rigged a bridge on the Raiwind Road with explosives in an attempt to assassinate former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharief, on January 3, 1999, in Lahore.


February 15

A bomb exploded near a gas pipeline in the Wahdat Colony area. However no causality was reported. "It was a terrorist activity by miscreants who wanted to destroy the gas pipeline", said an unnamed police officer. The blast reportedly occurred adjacent to a mosque, where hundreds of people were attending a gathering.


January 30

Security agencies arrested three persons from Lahore for suspected links with al Qaeda.


January 7

Five terrorists of the outlawed Sunni outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), were arrested from the Harbanspura area. The detainees who included a woman were taken to an unidentified location for further investigations, sources said, adding that a large number of weapons including grenades, automatic rifles and bullets were seized.






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