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More Suspects Arrested Following Deadly Lahore Bombing

By Radio Mashaal June 26, 2021

Counterterrorism police in Pakistan have arrested three more people in connection with a deadly car-bomb blast in the eastern city of Lahore, bringing the total number of suspects in custody to five.

A man believed to have sold the vehicle used in the June 23 bombing that left three people dead and 25 injured was taken into custody in the eastern Punjab Province on June 26, while two men suspected of rigging the car with explosives were arrested in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The arrests followed the arrests on June 25 of a Pakistani national at Lahore airport as well as another man from Lahore.

Police said civilians and police officers who were manning a checkpoint close to the house of the founder of the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, were among those injured and killed by the blast in Lahore's Johar Town residential area.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Saeed, who was not harmed in the attack, was sentenced in 2020 to 15 years in prison in connection with a terror-financing case, and was serving his sentence at the home

Saeed is designated as a terrorist by the U.S. Justice Department and has a $10 million bounty on his head.

The outlawed LeT was blamed for the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai in which more than 160 people were killed.

With reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Source: https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/pakistan- lahor-bomb-more-suspects-arrested -saeed-let/31327493.html

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