Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Little Cause For Concern: Pakistan's Nuclear Facilities

Pakistan's nuclear facilities have been attacked three times by home-grown extremists over the past two years, a senior U.S. official has confirmed to FOX News. Three separate facilities in Pakistan — each of which deals in some part with nuclear activity — have been targeted by extremists, the official said, while insisting that there is "no waning confidence regarding the safety of the Pakistani nuclear program."

The official confirmed a report in West Point's Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel describing an attack on a nuclear missile storage facility at Sargodha on Nov. 1, 2007, and a homicide bombing at the nuclear airbase at Kamra on Dec. 10, 2007. The report also notes a much larger raid by the Pakistani Taliban on Aug. 20, 2008, when homicide bombers blew up several entry points to an armament complex at the country's main nuclear facility, the Wah Cantonment Ordnance Complex.

A Pakistani official told FOX News the report was "out of context" but stopped well short of saying the attacks did not occur. "Pakistan's nuclear facilities are safe — there is no likelihood of terrorist activity at those sites," the official told FOX News. "This report is out of context. The incidents that are mentioned here have no link to our facilities."



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