Faisal Town rocked by low intensity timed-device explosion


Investigations Wing of the Lahore Police has arrested the owner of the motorcycle which mysteriously blew up late on Tuesday night near a university in Faisal Town, Block B. Two time bombs had been installed on the motorcycle. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials diffused the second bomb carrying one and a half kilogramme of explosives.
A time-device, installed in a lunch box and a glass carrying explosives, blew up in front of a house number 379 in Faisal Town, Block B, near gate no 2 of National University for Computer and Emerging Sciences. Soon after the explosion, locals informed the police, which later cordoned off the area and called BDS officials, who cleaned the area of bombs. Faisal Town police registered a case no 766/11 under 3/4 explosive act and started an investigation.
Riaz Shah, a BDS official, told Pakistan Today that a detonator connected with a watch was installed with the explosives. He said the second time-device was found at about five feet from the place of explosion.
SSP Investigations Abdul Razzaq Cheema told Pakistan Today that initially they traced the bike owner, who had purchased the bike under a lease agreement, which was sold to about four people on an open letter.
The ultimate owner of the motorcycle was Abdul Kareem, a resident of Lahore. He said they contacted Kareem, who told the police that his motorcycle was stolen only two hours before the explosion. The SSP said they would verify Kareem’s statement from various sources, as he had not registered a bike theft case.
The SSP claimed that sulphur was packed in a lunch box which caught fire and resulted in a low-intensity explosion. He said they also recovered a helmet from the crime scene, which according to Kareem was not his. He said the explosion was reported by a local security guard.
To a question, he said threat letters were issued by the National Crises Management Cell (NCMC) to the police but those letters did not give any details which could lead to a breakthrough. He said they had conducted several operations in the city, which had only caused undue disturbance for the locals. He said the blast in Faisal Town could not be linked with the information issued earlier by the NCMC. He, however, claimed they would bust the terrorists soon.
Earlier, late night on Tuesday, a security guard deputed at the gate of a house told the police that he had witnessed a bike rider escaping from the scene after his bike slipped and later exploded. Students of FAST University said they were in their hostel when they heard the blast. They said they did not see anyone getting hurt.