"600 Suicide Bombers" trained in Red Mosque and Hafsa Madrassa
* ‘Walking bombs’ left Lal Masjid before final military operation
By Sharif Khan; The News, July 28, 2007
ISLAMABAD: The federal capital is likely to suffer from more suicide bombings as around 600 suicide bombers are hiding in madrassas and mosques within and around the limits of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, sources told Daily Times on Saturday.
“Around 600 students of Jamia Hafsa and Jamia Fareedia have not returned to their homes after the Lal Masjid operation. These are the people called ‘missing students’ and they are hiding in madrassas and mosques in and around the two cities. These are walking bombs and are determined to blow themselves up any time, anywhere,” said a source directly involved in the ongoing investigation of suicide blasts in the country.
“During interrogation, former Lal Masjid prayer leader Maulana Abdul Aziz said that five to six hundred students of the two madrassas had been trained, equipped and brainwashed to carry out suicide attacks. These students left the madrassa according to a plan before the final operation against the mosque was launched,” the source said, adding that some female students had also been trained to provide support to these bombers.
“During the debriefing of students captured from Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, the security agencies learnt that the teenaged students believed that President Pervez Musharraf and his team were kaafirs (non-believers) and agents of the US and had to be killed. The bombers are targeting army and law enforcement personnel to avenge the killings of their colleagues and Abdul Rashid Ghazi,” said the source.
According to intelligence reports, at least 60 operatives are masterminding the attacks against security personnel.
“Investigations have revealed that these operatives are operating from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas,” the source said, adding that military actions alone against the militants would not bear the desired results. “Neither the operation nor massive killings can resolve this issue. It will instead trigger an unending bloodbath throughout the country,” the source quoted Maulana Aziz as telling his interrogators.