Brigadier escapes terror attack in Islamabad


Islamabad : A Pakistani Army Brigadier and two others escaped a terror attack unhurt Tuesday when the jeep he was travelling in was fired upon in this Pakistani capital.

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According to eyewitnesses, the senior army official, along with his mother and driver, narrowly escaped the attack, which took place in sector I/9, Geo TV reported.

“The assailant was waiting for 15 minutes outside the army official’s home to launch the terror strike,” an eyewitnesses was quoted as saying.

The attacker fled from the scene.

On Oct 22, Brigadier Moinuddin Ahmed, who was the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, was gunned down in Islamabad along with another soldier.

Over 170 people have been killed in the latest wave of militant violence, which started with a suicide bombing at the offices of the UN World Food Programme in Islamabad Oct 5. Five employees of the agency were killed.

The most audacious attack came on Oct 10 when 10 terrorists in military uniform laid siege to the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. At least 19 people, including nine raiders, died in the 22-hour standoff. One militant was arrested.

On Oct 15, gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed two police academies and the offices of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore. A car bomber struck at a police station in the northwestern town of Kohat. At least 38 people including 11 insurgents were killed in a single day.

A twin suicide bombing Oct 20 at the International Islamic University here killed seven people.

On Oct 23, 25 people were killed and 27 injured in a series of blasts across Pakistan. Eighteen people died in a landmine explosion in Mohmand Agency while seven were killed when a suicide bomber struck at an air force base in Attock district. Eight people were injured in a bombing outside a restaurant in Peshawar.