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28-08-2007, 10:34

ISLAMABAD: Intelligence agencies believe that rebels of three militant groups – Jaish-e-Muhammad, Lashkar-e-Jangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba – have joined al-Qaeda to increase terrorist activities, targeting Pakistan Army, government personalities and installations. These rebels are being led by Abu Ali Tunisi, a Jehadi hailing from Tunisia. Tunisi, based in North Waziristan, is coordinating with the militant groups and individuals, who believe in bringing about a revolution through terrorism, an intelligence agency told The News. Meanwhile, in the last couple of months, security agencies foiled two big terrorist acts capable of wreaking death and destruction on a huge scale, and recovered two vehicles from Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu. The explosive material, including mortar bombs and anti-tank mines, was in large quantity. Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Waheed Arshad, confirming the report said that two abandoned vehicles wired with bombs and anti-tank mines were recovered from DIK and Bannu. However, he said that the police, upon receiving information, recovered the abandoned vehicles and defused the bombs and mines wired to each other. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Bannu Region, Zulfiqar Cheema, when contacted by this correspondent, said that one terrorist was captured along with suicide bombing belts. He said that the cars were used in the foiled attempts of terrorist activities. From the vehicle recovered from DIK, 109 mortar bombs with six anti tank mines were recovered. The propulsion system of every mortar bomb, which was meant to fly and spread the explosive after its explosion, was removed so that the bomb would explode on the spot. The mortar bombs and anti-tank mines were connected with triple trigger system – two electric and one mechanical – to ensure its effectiveness and force to cause maximum devastation, sources of an intelligence agency revealed. The vehicle captured from Bannu was ready to be blown up with minor variations, fitted with 25 kilograms of high-grade explosive material, which was packed in two CNG cylinders, six mortar bombs and anti-tank mines and was connected with sophisticated trigger system, they added. The cylinders, filled with explosive material, were placed on the rear seat of the vehicle, which was covered with shuttlecock type burqas, to give an impression that two burqa-clad women were sitting in the vehicle. The bombs and mines were interlinked and connected skillfully. It was ensured that they blew up simultaneously, resulting in a carnage. “Army installations in cantonments areas were their target,” the source disclosed.