Two arrested in connection with blast near ISI office

Pak agencies arrested two operatives of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba group.

Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 18:33 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistani security agencies on Saturday
arrested two operatives of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba group for
alleged involvement in a suicide car bomb attack near an ISI
office in the eastern city of in Faisalabad earlier this week.

"We have arrested Usman and Habib, both members of the
Sipah-e-Sahaba, on the basis of a lead that they had
facilitated the suicide bomber named Asif," an investigator
said.

The officer, who did not want to be named, said three
other suspects Muhammad Asim, Abdur Rehman and Imam Khalid
have also been taken into custody in connection with Tuesday`s
attack that killed 25 people and injured over 130 others.

Imam Khalid is the prayer leader of a mosque in the
Agriculture University of Faisalabad.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden
vehicle near a CNG station in Faisalabad after failing to
reach the ISI office, investigators said.

Police officials had initially said the attack was
carried out with a car bomb.

"The suspects arrested today belong to a splinter
group of the Sipah-e-Sahaba that is collaborating with the
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to target law enforcement agencies,"
the investigator said.

He said the vehicle used by the suicide bomber was
brought from North Waziristan tribal region.

The investigator said more arrests were likely in the
light of revelations made by the arrested suspects.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed
responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out to
avenge the killing of a former Lashker-e-Taiba commander who
was shot dead by security forces in Faisalabad last year.

PTI