Pakistani police search for three explosives-packed trucks

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Islamabad, Sep 24 (UNI) Pakistani police is searching for two explosives-laden trucks in Islamabad to prevent more terror strikes in the country's leafy capital.

Intelligence agencies had informed the police that three trucks loaded with explosives had entered the federal capital.

One of them struck the Marriott Hotel on Saturday, killing 60 people while whereabouts of the other two are not known, official sources said.

The missing trucks were still present in the city and the risk of strikes by them has forced the police to put the security on high alert, increase personnel deployment near important buildings, erect pickets on key roads and begin intensive patrolling across Islamabad, an official said today.

Vehicles, especially trucks, were being searched by the police at the pickets and hotels and guesthouses were being closely monitored.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has warned that banned militant groups could strike in Karachi as well as other cities of the country, a report in the Daily Times said.

''Following this, additional home secretary for law enforcement Dr Shafqat Abbasi has written a letter to Sindh police chief Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak and asked him to ensure foolproof security measures for foreigners, especially Chinese nationals and their installations'', the paper added.

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