PESHAWAR: Senior Pakistani security officials on Wednesday said there are serious threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, in the wake of the killing of al-Qaeda’s No 2 Abu Yahya al-Libbi in drone strikes in North Waziristan on Monday.
“Security has been put on a high alert on key and sensitive installations around the country as there is accurate information that the al-Qaeda-linked militants were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan as retaliation of al-Libbi’s killing in drone strikes. There is no specific target and place which the terrorists can hit, but there are serious threats of terrorist acts as per intelligence reports,” a senior security official said.
Another security official said that the militants could retaliate anywhere in the country, but Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, particularly Peshawar city, could be the target of the militants.
He said also that security of military and government installations as well as top officials had been beefed up after to fresh intelligence reports.