Security stepped up in Islamabad

April 2nd, 2009 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, April 2 (IANS) Security was tightened in this Pakistani capital Thursday after intelligence reports warned of a possible terror strike, Geo TV reported.
“Additional contingents of security personnel have been deployed on Constitution Avenue and the Red Zone and additional check posts have also been established in some areas,” the channel said.

“Security organiSations and officials on entry and exit pickets have been directed to be vigilant,” it added.

The alert comes in the wake of two terror attacks in Lahore last month that have been blamed on intelligence failures.

In the first, terrorists March 3 ambushed a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium for the third day’s play in the second cricket Test against Pakistan.

Eight people, including six security personnel, were killed in the attack, which prompted the Sri Lankan government to immediately call off the tour and bring the team back home.

Six Sri Lankan players and the team’s assistant coach were also injured in the assault.

On March 30, a group of heavily armed terrorists stormed into the Manawan police academy on Lahore’s outskirts and held hundreds of trainees hostage for over eight hours before security forces recaptured the complex.

Eight of the attackers were killed and three were captured alive. Eight trainees and two civilians also died in the assault.

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