Accessibility links

Breaking News

Pakistan Detains More Than 5,000 Suspected Militants After Easter Bombing

A provincial minister in Pakistan says more than 5,000 suspected militants have been rounded up since a suicide bomber targeted a busy park in Lahore on March 27, killing at least 70 people.

Investigators later released all but 216 suspects, Rana Sanaullah, a state minister for Punjab Province, said on March 29.

He said the raids were carried out by a mixture of police, counterterrorism, and intelligence agents and confirmed that army and paramilitary forces would be used in future operations.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the bombing on March 27, saying it had targeted Christians celebrating Easter and warning it would step up attacks.

A spokesman for the Taliban faction taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on March 29.

"Let Nawaz Sharif know that this war has now come to the threshold of his home," tweeted Jamaat-ur-Ahrar spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.

In a televised address to the nation on March 28, Sharif vowed to continue pursuing militant groups.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.