Pak-Taliban planning to kidnap US, Afghan diplomats:Intelligence sources

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Lahore, Mar. 29 (ANI): Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is planning to abduct US and Afghan diplomats in order to get arrested terrorists released.

The intelligence reports further said that a group of terrorists headed by Qari (code name) is planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore in the next few days, the Daily Times reports.

The law enforcement agencies have been asked to beef up security in Islamabad and other cities in the wake of the latest intelligence inputs.

It is not the for the first time that Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned about the possibility of militants kidnapping high profile diplomats.

In October last year, Pakistani security agencies were alerted that the militants were planning to kidnap senior diplomats, while security agencies were busy in forestalling possible suicide attacks against the political leadership or against the places frequented by foreigners.

According to intelligence sources, the previous pattern of attacks against foreigners showed militants had been clever in choosing targets, and they usually caught the security agencies off guard.

They first attacked a restaurant, Luna Caprese, on March 15, followed by an attack on the Danish embassy on June 2, and an attack targeting the Marriott on September 20. (ANI)

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