9 rockets fired at Pakistan military academy
IANS ISLAMABAD NINE rockets were fired at the Pakistan Military Academy located in Abbottabad, a town which is 50 kilometres from Islamabad and where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was gunned down in his hideout in May last year.
Three of the nine rockets hit the outer wall of the academy, where training is imparted to cadets who will become army officers.
Imtiaz Hussain Shah, an official, said that no one was injured in the pre-dawn attack.
“Nine rockets were fired.
Three rockets hit the boundary wall of the military academy and damaged it. No one was hurt in the attack,” Geo News quoted Shah as saying.
“We have launched a search operation,” he added.
The six other rockets landed in open fields near the outer wall. It was not yet known who carried out the attack.
US commandos had gunned down Osama who was hiding in a mansion that was located not far from the military academy.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, Iranian border guards have shot dead six Pakistani nationals after believing them as smugglers.
The shocking incident took place near the Zaran border on Thursday. It was, however, not immediately clear on whose territory it happened.
The guards opened indiscriminate fire at them from different directions without giving any warning, Xinhua reported. They were carrying cattle in a vehicle. Six died on the spot, while four others were injured. The bodies and the injured were shifted to the border town of Chah Bahar.
Incidentally, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, citing intelligence inputs, has also on Friday only revealed that as many as eight suicide bombers may have entered the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi for causing violence and tension.
Following reports of possible terrorist activities, the security has been further tightened across the country and especially in the capital to foil nefarious designs of the antistate elements, Malik was quoted as saying by Geo News.
Meanwhile, a German national was arrested on Friday in the Pakistani capital for illegally staying in the country.Police carried out a raid on Friday morning at the house where the German was living and arrested him, Xinhua reported citing Urdu TV channel Dunya.
This was the fourth German arrested in Pakistan over the past one week, police said.
Last Saturday, three Germans were arrested from the northwestern city of Peshawar for illegal stay and indulging in suspicious activities.
They were later handed over to the German embassy in Islamabad after a brief interrogation.