Pakistan police arrest 7 militants planning attacks on PM

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Pakistani police in eastern Punjab province have arrested seven militants for planning attacks on the country's prime minister and foreign minister, a senior police officer said Thursday.

The arrested militants were also behind a gun and bomb attack on the office of army's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) in the central city of Multan in last December which killed 12 people, said regional police officer Syed Abid Qadri.

Outlawed militant group Sipah-e-Sahaba had claimed responsibility for the attack, which also severely damaged the building.

Qadri told a news conference in Bahawalpur that the militants belonged to the Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. They were part of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) led by a local leader Qari Imran.

He said the militants had confessed their role in attack on the ISI office and plans to attack Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The militants were also planning attacks on key installations, he added.

The police officer said that the ring leader Abdul Rahim alias Talha was among those arrested. He said that search for two other militants is continuing and they would be arrested soon.

Source: Xinhua


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