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Lahore terror attacks: Pak arrests 36 suspects

world Updated: Oct 16, 2009 13:53 IST
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Pakistani law enforcement agencies have taken 36 suspects into custody in connection with the near-simultaneous terror attacks on three security facilities here that left 28 people dead, officials said today.

Twenty suspects were picked from Gulshan-e-Daud Colony in Manawan, where terrorists attacked a police training centre yesterday, officials said.

Eleven suspects were detained from localities on Bedian Road where terrorists targeted another police training centre, four from Temple Road where a gunman was killed while attacking a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) office, and one more from the cantonment, they said.

A senior police officer said Qari Ishaq, an accomplice of the attackers, was among those arrested.

"A fake police identity card and weapons have been recovered from Ishaq, who was living in rented accommodation in the cantonment. He made calls from his cell phone to some persons in Waziristan," the official told PTI.

Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister of Punjab province, told reporters: "We have taken a number of suspects into custody but we cannot give details until their interrogation is completed."

He made it clear that the provincial government had no intention of launching an operation in southern Punjab as there were no militant training camps in that region.