TAXILA: Panic struck Christian Hospital when a suspicious object was found hanging from the outer wall of the hospital’s entrance.
A suspicious object was found hanging from the outer wall of the entrance to the ChristianHospital; that kept police and other law enforcement agencies on their toes for hours. Station House Officer (SHO) Taxila Inspector Sardar Shakeel Ahmed said, “Around 2 pm the security staff of the hospital spotted the suspicious device hanging from the outer wall of the hospital and informed the police.”
The suspicious object was buried under sandbags as a precautionary measure by the police subsequently, with the help of the hospital security guards at duty. SHO Ahmed said the whole area was cordoned off while the traffic on the Taxila-Hattar road was diverted to other roads. Accordingly, traffic jams clotted more or less all the inter-city and inter-district roads.
Later on, the Bomb Disposal Squad was called from Rawalpindi owing to lack of such facilities in Taxila and Wah Cantonments. The Bomb Disposal Squad thus reached the spot in almost two hours. The Bomb Disposal Squad claimed to have found a chip connected to two battery cells and a few other electronic devices in the suspicious packet. Afterwards the Bomb Disposal Squad cleared the area at around 5 pm after they were satisfied that the packet had no explosive device.
The Sub-divisional Police Officer Umer Hayyat while talking to the media said the suspicious device has been sent to Rawalpindi for further check. “It seems some miscreants wanted create unrest in the area when the Muharram processions are underway,” he stated.
An officer of the Bomb Disposal Squad, Muhammad Saqlain confirmed that no explosive material was found in the suspicious packet. He asserted, “It seems some miscreants wanted to spread panic in the area, especially among the Christian community.”
However, this may be kept in mind that Christian Hospital has already bore the brunt of a terrorist attack when terrorists hurled grenades at the building in 2002 claiming lives of four including three nurses while 23 others were injured.