ISLAMABAD, Aug 11: Private security guards foiled a terrorist attack in Islamabad on Eid day when they shot dead a would-be suicide bomber after exchange of fire inside an Imambargah on the capital’s outskirts.
One of the four guards deployed outside the Imambargah was killed and three other people were injured in the incident that took place after Friday prayers in Bara Kahu locality.
The target of the attacker, later identified as Zakaullah, was believed to the Khateeb of the mosque, Syed Hasnain Abbas Gardezi, who had received a letter from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) informing him that he was on its hit list. However, the assailant could not reach the main hall of the mosque and failed to explode his suicide jacket because of the timely action of the guards who had taken position after the police had left the venue.
According to police, the would-be attacker had reached the entrance of the Imambargah, known as Masjid-i-Ali, at about 1.50pm and was stopped by the guards on suspicion. The frustrated attacker opened fire on the guards and rushed into the Imambargah.
The slain guard, Amin Hussain Sheerazi, engaged the attacker and prevented him from entering the main hall. During this time, another guard shot the attacker on his head killing him on the spot. Guard Sheerazi, who had received bullet injuries, later died in hospital.
Three other persons, Jabir Hussain Shah, Haq Nawaz and Syed Bilal, also received bullet injuries and were moved to a hospital. Their condition is stated to be out of danger.
A police official said the attacker had been identified with the help of some documents recovered from his pockets. The attacker, according to the police, belonged to Bhawana area in Chiniot district.
Later, a police team raided a house in Chattar Park area near Bara Kahu and arrested two persons in connection with the attack.