Pakistan arrests group leader over Quetta bombings

Police said they arrested the leader of a group on Friday in connection with sectarian attacks in the northwestern city of Quetta.

Pakistan arrests group leader over Quetta bombings

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police said they arrested the leader of a group on Friday in connection with sectarian attacks in the northwestern city of Quetta.

Two bombings about month apart targeting the minority Shi'ite community in Quetta, claimed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), sparked demonstrations across the country and the dismissal of the local government.

Police said they arrested LeJ leader, Malik Ishaq, in the town of Rahim Yar Khan at his home on Friday afternoon.

"LeJ has accepted responsibility for the recent Quetta blast and Ishaq is its supreme commander. That's why we have arrested him and 24 other LeJ militants," said Zafar Chatta, the district police officer.

The LeJ claimed responsibility for a blast that killed 85 people on Saturday in the provincial capital of Quetta. It also claimed responsibility for blasts on Jan. 9 that killed 96 in the same city.

Chatta said Ishaq was being held under public order legislation and would be held at least a month while investigators interrogated him.

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