Pakistan Security Brief
Pakistan Security Brief – June 2, 2010
Clashes in Orakzai hours after Pakistan declared an end to two-month Orakzai offensive; two suspects arrested in connection with attack on Jinnah Hospital; Lahore terrorist is moved to more secure Kot Lakput jail hospital; Punjab’s government reluctant to take action against groups suspected of terrorism by Central Investigation Department; six killed in gang related violence in Karachi; six people injured from bomb blast at industrial center in Balochistan.
More than a dozen militants were killed in Orakzai Agency on Wednesday just hours after Pakistan declared an end to the two-month offensive. Helicopter gunships attacked suspected militant positions near the towns of Kaasha and Toti Mela in northwest Orakzai, killing seven militants, according to a local administration official. In the Shahu Khel area, 15-20 militants attacked an army checkpoint, wounding two soldiers. The soldiers responded, killing six of the militants and wounding eight others.
Two suspects wearing police uniforms and riding a bike were arrested by Punjab police in connection with the attack on Jinnah Hospital on Monday. The suspects were arrested from Rayanpura area of Muridkay in Sheikhupura district on Tuesday. According to sources, police used cell phone information to trace the suspects.
A terrorist involved in the Lahore mosque attacks was moved to the more secure Kot Lakput Jail Hospital on Wednesday following an overnight attack on Jinnah Hospital, where he was being treated. According to sources, doctors from Jinnah Hospital will continue to treat him in the jail hospital.
Shahbaz Sharif’s government has yet to take action against sectarian and Jihadist groups operating in south Punjab. Interior Minister Rehman Malik claims that groups identified by the Central Investigation Department in south Punjab were “now active” and preparing for a major attack in the country. Malik also claims that Punjabi Lashkar-i-Jhangvi was involved in the attacks on the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad, the GHQ in Rawalpindi, and the mosque attacks in Lahore.
- At least six people were killed in fighting on Wednesday between two rival gangs in Karachi. The fighting started Tuesday evening in the Lyari area. Security forces were called in and brought an end to the fighting.
Six people were injured in a bomb blast in the industrial town of Hub on Tuesday. The bomb exploded in the Rind Market area, damaging several shops.