A jail break plot attempt by Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and local al-Qaida branch to free 100 prisoners in Hyderabad has been foiled by Pakistani military police.
The elaborate plan by the Taliban to free scores of militants was truncated when two vehicles loaded with explosives among other bomb-making devices were seized during a raid on a rented apartment in Hyderabad military police sources say.
Spokesman for the Pakistani military police Asim Bajwa said the plot was “90% ready for execution”.
“The plotters intended to hit two points of the Hyderabad central jail complex. Once inside they planned to kill 35 prisoners on a hit list and free 100 others, including Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a former London School of Economics student convicted for killing the US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.” Bajwa said.
Continuing, Bajwa said various raids have seen the arrest of at least 97 people including senior members of both al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (Aqis) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a Sunni supremacist group.
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