Pak terrorists resort to conventional methods during Eid

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Islamabad, Sep 19 (ANI): Although the number of suicide attacks in Pakistan have gone down in the recent past, but security agencies have warned of old terror attacks, including ambush, target killings and attacks on congested gatherings, during Eid.

The Nation quoted Interior Ministry and law enforcement agencies sources, as saying that the chances of any untoward incident involving either of the aforementioned methods run very high on Eid.

"The all-out operation against the militants in Malakand Division has certainly helped improve the law and order situation across the country but the strong possibility of any misadventure on the eve of Eid could not be overlooked," they said.

According to sources, it has become increasingly difficult to bring explosive laden vehicles into big cities or central places. But sophisticated hand carrying weapons could be easily transported to the destination, which is why terrorists are looking for alternate options

"Our law enforcement agencies have taken successful counter measures to tackle suicidal attacks but other fatal options are still available for terrorists that have to be dealt with," sources told the paper.

Following the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan has witnessed a rise in conventional methods of terrorism, the paper said.

The Liberty Market attack, Munawa Police Academy attack and dozens of target killings in Quetta were all conducted on the similar pattern.

Sources said that influential government officials are highly vulnerable to conventional terror attacks.

"Not only Minister Kazmi (religious affairs minister) but other influential government officials are highly vulnerable to hit-and-run type of terrorism as well," one source pointed out. (ANI)

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