Friday, November 6, 2009

Gunmen Attacks Senior Pakistan Army Officer in Islamabad

Via NYTimes -

Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on the car of an army brigadier in Islamabad on Friday, the third such drive-by attack against senior military officers in 15 days.

The brigadier and his military driver were injured and taken to a nearby hospital, said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, the spokesman for the Pakistani military. The gunmen escaped.

General Abbas said the attack took place around 8:30 a.m. An Islamabad police official, Tahir Malik, told Dawn television that the assailants were waiting for the brigadier as he left his house and opened fire on his car as it turned onto a main road.

General Abbas said the brigadier, who was not identified, was in stable condition and was speaking to military officials. His driver, however, was in serious condition.

The recent attacks on senior officers appear to be direct reprisals for the army’s ongoing offensive against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in the tribal region of South Waziristan.

The attacks from motorcycles also seem to signal a new tactic being used by Islamist militants in the capital. Previously, military personnel have traveled relatively freely and openly in Islamabad.

No comments:

Post a Comment