Lahore/Karachi: With terror toll mounting,
Pakistan law enforcement agencies began swoops countrywide,
arresting over 80 people suspected to be involved in the
recent spate of deadly strikes, including in the synchronised
suicide attacks in Lahore which left 29 people dead.
Keen to unravel the extent of involvement of Punjabi
militants in the new attacks, security agencies took 36
suspects into custody from Lahore, where Taliban mounted three
near-simultaneous terror attacks on security facilities.
20 suspects were picked from Gulshan-e-Daud Colony
in Manawan, where terrorists targetted a police training
centre yesterday. Eleven more were detained from areas on
Bedian Road where another training centre came under attack.
Four others were nabbed from Temple Road where a gunman
was killed while attacking a Federal Investigation Agency
(FIA) office, and one more from the cantonment, police said.
The police dragnet stretched to Karachi where
authorities arrested 43 suspects, including four who were
receiving treatment for gunshot wounds in a hospital.
The police stumbled upon the injured suspects after they
caught two militants belonging to Amjad Farooqi group, a
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan faction having links with al-Qaeda.
The two militants were arrested from a house near the
super highway in Karachi, sources said. A large number of
explosives and weapons were recovered from the house and their
arrest led the police to the hospital.