Taliban Terrorists Attack Pakistani Hotel Killing 11 and Wounding 50
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
(The following is based on a New York City Police Department intelligence report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police Terrorism Committee.)
Two vehicles and gunmen on foot attacked Pakistan’s Pearl Continental Hotel on Tuesday at 11:00 PM (Pakistani time) killing 11 people and wounding another 50. Among the dead was a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, according to Detective Richard Kaminski of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau.
According to the NYPD Shields report, the two vehicles approach the hotel in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and attempted to breack security. Police officers in guard duty opened fire on the vehicles, immediately killing two suspects in a car. The second vehicle, disguised as a delivery truck, managed to enter the hotel parking lot and exploded.
The report indicates that the gunmen on foot had stormed the hotel premises just before the detonation of the improvised explosive device, which contained over 1,000 pounds of explosives.
The attackers were members of the Taliban, who have attacked other facilities in the Peshawar area, according to the NYPD intelligence report.
Among the victims killed in the terrorist attack were two UN World Food Program officials and members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in Pakistan. Those wounded included a Pakistani Senator, a Province Minister, and two flight attendants from Pakistan International Airlines. No Americans were killed or wounded in this brutal attack.
The Pearl Continental is a five-star hotel popular with foreigners especially UN and NGO staffs. These organizations reportedly provide aid to more than three million refugees in the Peshawar area.
This attack comes in the wake of threats from Taliban leaders, including Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mehsud, to retaliate for the government’s recent offensive against terrorist activities.
The tactics employed by the attackers are similar to the May 27, 2009 attack in Lahore, which targeted buildings belonging to the Inter-services Intelligence Directorate and the Pakistani police.
According to the NYPD intelligence report, UN and NGO facilities remain favorite targets for a variety of terrorist groups. Hotels are attractive alternatives to military and police targets. The Pearl Continental Hotel was considered to be in a â€œhigh security area.â€
Major Attacks in Pakistan
According to the NYPD Shields report, this latest attack is one in a series. Other terrorist attacks include:
May 27, 2009: Gunmen attack police facilities.
March 30, 2009: Gunmen attack police academy outside Lahore.
March 27, 2009: Suicide bomber demolishes a mosque near Jamrud.
March 3, 2009: Gunmen attack the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
Sept. 20, 2008: Suicide truck bomb devastates the Marriott hotelin Islamabad.
Sept. 6, 2008: A suicide car bombing in Peshawar.
August 21, 2008: Suicide bombers attack a weapons factory in Wah.
March 11, 2008: Suicide bombs rip through police headquarters inLahore.
January 10, 2008: Suicide bomber attacks High Court in Lahore.
December 27, 2007: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed in Rawalpindi.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDailyReview.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. Kouri is the author of two books: Crime Talk: Conversations with America’s Top Crimefighters, and Assume the Position: Police Science for Novelists, Journalists and Screenwriters.
If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.