Sargodha: Terror suspects arrested
LAHORE/SARGODHA: Law enforcement agencies have arrested two alleged terror suspects from Lahore and five members of a banned outfit near an imambargah in Sargodha on Thursday. Punjab police sources in Lahore however claimed that the number of arrests from Sargodha was 39. A senior police official privy to the development told Dawn that the suspected terrorists arrested from Lahore two days ago had disclosed that ‘they were ready to hit Muharram processions in the provincial capital as per given assignment’. He said more arrests had also been made on the basis of the information gleaned from these suspects.
He said several hotels, inns and restaurants in the provincial capital were under observation to track down suspects. He said the Sargodha police had arrested 39 people of six banned outfits during a crackdown launched in the entire district since Wednesday last.
On Thursday, Sargodha police arrested ‘five activists of a banned outfit’ near Imambargah Block 19 and shifted them to some unknown place for investigation.
A police source in Sargodha said a couple of days back five boys aged between 17 and 22 hailing from Bajaur Agency had hired a room near Markazi Imambargah. He said the suspects might have some plans to target Muharram processions.