Lahore attacker reveals key information
By Umar Cheema, The News, June 04, 2010
ISLAMABAD: A surviving attacker of the Lahore carnage, Abdullah alias Muhammad, has disclosed that he was misled into believing that Ahmedis were involved in drawing blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet (SAW) so their bloodshed was a great service to Islam. An official of Lahore police privy to the interrogation told The News that Abdullah was fed the idea by his masterminds that Ahmedis, being a driving force behind the caricature controversy, deserved exemplary punishment and he together with his comrades were sent on this mission. The attacker belongs to a militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda. A member of the Ahmedi community, when contacted and told about Abdullah’s statement, repudiated the claim as a total farce, saying they believed in the Prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW).
Abdullah was trained in Miramshah in North Waziristan and is a resident of that area and his seminary-mate in Karachi took him to the training camp. One of his brothers is already stationed there. Muaz, another surviving attacker of Qadianis’ Model Town worship place, was also trained in Miramshah. However, his background details are not available so far as he is still under medical treatment after being badly wounded during the attack. He is a resident of Muzaffargarh. Abdullah’s socio-economic profile is revealing as it brings under spotlight the background of majority of the suicide bombers who become convenient target of the jihadi entrepreneurs. With some exceptions like Ibrar, a chemical engineer who first masterminded Marriott Hotel attack and then actively participated in GHQ attack and got killed, the bombers mostly hail from humble backgrounds.
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