London - Secret agencies are probing five prisoners for allegedly plotting attacks on army convoys and senior military officers, BBC reported on Wednesday.

A civilian intelligence agency has shifted the five prisoners, detained at Bahawalpur and Adiala prisons for the past three years, to undisclosed locations for investigation. The detainees are suspected of having links with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and feared Ghazi Force militant groups.

According to the report, the prisoners are being probed for involvement in plots to attack military targets as well as conspiring to abduct senior military officials and their family members to get their demands approved.

Sources told BBC that the suspects were picked up for communicating with their partners in Miranshah and Kohat via phone. They were allegedly issuing directions to coordinate attacks on the army and paramilitary forces.

According to sources, the inmates were talking to a man, Moazzam, in Miranshah and two other men, Kafeel Khan and Javed Marwat, in Kohat.

They were allegedly directing them to attack on army and paramilitary forces in the area. They also directed the men to abduct the family members and children of army officers, particularly on their school-route.  

Waheedullah and Tauqir are among the three prisoners taken from the jail in Bahawalpur.

It is said that they were arrested in 2009 from tribal areas under the charges of targeting military convoy and considered experts of making homemade bombs and other explosive devices. 

Earlier, they were kept in Adyala Jail but later were shifted in Bahawalpur where other accused of attacking military convoys were detained. The intelligence officials are also trying to locate those men with whom the inmates communicated and directed them to carry out attacks.

The authorities in Adyala Jail did not comment on the development in this regard.

Last year, a brazen attack on the central jail in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu district resulted in the escape of over 300 prisoners. The freed inmates also included Adnan Rasheed, a high-value militant and the main suspect in a terrorist attack on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.