Pakistan Security Brief
Pakistan Security Brief –April 28, 2010
Suicide car bomber targets checkpoint near Peshawar; militants attack security forces in North Waziristan; security forces kill seven militants in Orakzai; eight militants detained in Kohat; security forces battle militants on the Buner-Swat border; South Asia has a higher number of terrorist attacks than any other region; India claims Lashkar-e-Taiba is planning attacks in its country.
On Wednesday, a car loaded with explosives crashed into a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar, in Tir Bala village, killing at least five officers and wounding ten other people. The vehicle reportedly arrived from Mohmand agency, and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq said the blast was “a reaction to the operations carried out by the army from Khyber to Waziristan.”
Militants on Wednesday launched another attack on military personnel in North Waziristan, this time attacking a checkpoint in the agency. Two soldiers were killed and more than ten were injured; security forces killed four militants—three Uzbeks and one German—during the assault.
Pakistani security forces killed seven militants in the Babgram area of Orakzai on Wednesday. Security forces reportedly used heavy artillery to destroy the militants’ fighting positions.
Security forces detained eight militants in Kohat following an operation around Bosti Khel village on Tuesday. Militants are reportedly operating between Kohat and Darra Adam Khel, in Orakzai agency.
Militants battled security forces on the border of Buner and Swat districts Wednesday, leaving three militants dead. The clashes were reported around Kooza Bandai area of Kabal sub-district.
Terrorism in South Asia
A report from the US intelligence community says South Asia has more terrorist attacks than any other region, including the Middle East. The shift is largely due to the increase in military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which has attracted additional fighters seeking to battle Western and allied forces.
India announced on Tuesday that the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba is planning attacks in India, as well as developing links in Maldives and other neighboring countries. A Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman requested India to share the information that led to the statement.