Pakistan politicians warned of suicide attacks

March 1st, 2008 - 3:07 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, March 1 (IANS) With the security situation in Pakistan worsening further, National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of interior ministry has warned of possible suicide attacks on politicians and officials in the terrorism-hit country. Several suicide bombers belonging to Taliban from tribal areas have entered other parts of the country to target Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Makhdoom Amin Faheem and other politicians and officers of law enforcement agencies, The News citing “learned sources” said Saturday.

The possible targets also include Pakistan’s former railway minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, said the online edition of The News.

NCMC has issued a memo asking the four provincial governments and the administration in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to be on alert and take stern security measures in view of the threats.

At least 40 people were killed and over 50 wounded Friday in a suicide bomb attack in northwest Pakistan during the funeral of deputy police superintendent Javed Iqbal.

Many of the dead in the Friday attack were colleagues and relatives of Iqbal, who was killed in a bomb attack by suspected Islamic militants.

Pakistan has suffered over five dozen suicide attacks in the past 13 months killing more than 1,000 people.

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