The Punjab Police Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has arrested two suspects in connection with a deadly bombing in the Anarkali area of Lahore earlier this year, it emerged Tuesday.
On January 20, three people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a bomb blast at Lahore Anarkali Bazaar, where law enforcement agencies believed the gas cylinder had exploded. Subsequent investigations revealed that it had been a bomb blast. The Baloch Nationalist army, the latest terrorist outfit, claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Punjab police on Tuesday said the “terrorist network” was dismantled by the services of the Safe City Authority, intelligence and other technologies.
According to the report, two suspects – identified as Sana Ullah and Abdul Razziq – were arrested on their way to Lahore from Balochistan by truck. He added that the couple planned to make two bombings in Lahore in one day.
Two improvised explosive devices, a primacord, a remote control and batteries were found in the area, police said.
“Terrorist links have returned to the anti-state agency. Anti-state members in a neighboring country have received this explosion after planning,” police said.
In contrast, a press release later released by the CTD stated that the two had confessed to their involvement in the Anarkali blast and after that, the first information report was registered at the CTD police station in Lahore.
The CTD states that all the key suspects in the bombing have been arrested and that the department’s investigative team will “leave anything behind” to secure their legal action.
In March, six terrorists linked to the bombing were killed in a fire exchange in the Nagao Mountains of Balochistan.