5 foreigners arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of terrorism

09:52, December 10, 2009      

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Pakistani police arrested five foreigners in the country's eastern province of Punjab on suspicion of having links with terrorism, a senior police official said Wednesday.

The arrest of the five foreigners, including two Yemeni, one Egyptian, one Swedish and one American of Pakistani origin, was made in district Sargodha, District Police Officer Usman Anwar said.

The police raided the house of Kashif Farooq, a local leader of the banned extremist group Jaish-e-Muhammad, at Aziz Bhatti town, he said.

Anwar said that the arrested men were holding passports with different names and the police believe they may be involved in terrorist activities.

The police officer said that the suspects are questioned for their role in the terrorist actions in Punjab province.

The arrests came a day after two suicide bombers struck the office of intelligence agency in Punjab's major city of Multan, killing at least 12 people. On Monday evening twin bombings killed up to 50 people in Lahore, the capital of Punjab.

Anwar said that the owner of the house and some of his friends have also been taken into custody for sheltering foreigners.

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