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American Jihadis planned to attack nuke plant: Pak

December 26, 2009 11:22 IST

The five United States origin terror suspects, who were arrested from Sargodha earlier this month, were planning to attack the Chasma nuclear power plant and other strategic establishments in the country, a private television channel has reported.

The Daily Times reported Sargodha Cantonment Station House Officer, Amir Sherazi, as saying that the suspects had disclosed their plans during interrogations.

Earlier, a local Pakistani court extended the custody of the terror suspects for ten more days till January 4.

All the five Jihadis were produced before an anti-terrorism court in Sargodha on Friday, following which Judge Mohammad Aslam extended their custody on the plea of the police, which said that more time was needed to complete the investigations.

"We do not think that a 10-day remand is sufficient to investigate this complex matter. At the next hearing, we may ask for more time," a foreign news agency quoted a senior Pakistani police official as saying.

During the hearing, another police official, Amir Abbas, told the court that during investigations, officials scanned the common email accounts of the suspects, in which the name of a Pakistani nuclear plant was mentioned.

Pakistan has made it clear that the men, all in their late 20s, would not be deported to the US and that they would be prosecuted in the country itself. 

Source: ANI