Islamabad: Pakistani police on Monday claimed to have arrested a suspected militant from a busy marketplace in the capital and seized suicide bomb making material from his possession.
The arrest was made after a tip-off in the busy Aabpara market of the city. The man belongs to South Waziristan tribal region, a police official told PTI.
"He was carrying hand grenades, detonators, batteries, wires and explosives," he said.
Police also suspect that he was planning to prepare a suicide vest for bomber, prompting a manhunt for a suspected would be bomber.
The alleged militant was nabbed in Aabpara, a busy market place, where Canada-based fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri staged his protests in August before shifting to the Constitution Avenue demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The market is also close to the key government buildings and embassies.
Pakistan is battling a home grown militancy in the tribal region.
The rebels have killed more than 55,000 people in a more than decade old insurgency.