2017-11-17

Suspect in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine attack arrested in Karachi

Pakistan Forward

KARACHI -- Pakistani security forces have arrested a key suspect involved in the deadly suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan earlier this year, Dawn reported Friday (November 17) .

"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack in February, which killed at least 88 people.

The suspect, identified as Nadir Ali, was arrested in a joint operation carried out by the Pakistani Rangers and the Sindh Police Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Manghopir, a Karachi neighbourhood. The date of the arrest was not given.

Authorities recovered a cache of weapons and explosive material in Ali's possession, said CTD Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Amir Farooq, who announced the arrest.

ISIS's foothold in Pakistan has been weakened after several operations against the terror group, said Farooq.

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