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TTP-Punjab behind mosque attacks: Captured terrorist

Last updated on: May 29, 2010 15:42 IST

One of the two terrorists arrested during audacious terror strikes on two mosques of the minority Ahmedi sect in Lahore has told investigators that the attackers had received training in the lawless Waziristan tribal belt and were working at the behest of the Pakistani Taliban's Punjabi wing.

Abdullah Mohammad and Amir Muavia were captured after they stormed the Ahemdi mosque in the upscale Model Town area of Lahore on Friday.

Muavia was seriously injured when his suicide vest failed to detonate properly.  Mohammad, 18, was captured by worshippers when he tried to set off explosives strapped to his body.

"We received training in Waziristan (tribal region). Our commander is Badar Mansoor, who is based in south Punjab," Mohammad was quoted as saying by SSP (investigation) Zuliqar Hamid.

Hamid said Mohammad had disclosed that the attackers were launched by the Punjabi faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

"Muavia is seriously injured and has been operated upon. We will interrogate him after his condition improves," Hamid said.

Mohammad hails from Rahim Yar Khan district in the southern part of Punjab province and police teams have been sent there to take his family and acquaintances into custody, Hamid said.

Superintendent of Police (Model Town) Rana Ayaz Salim said over a dozen suspects had been taken into custody in Lahore in connection with the attack on two Ahemdi mosques.

"We launched a crackdown late on Friday night and arrested over a dozen suspects," he said.

The police said they gleaned positive clues about the network of the attackers from the information provided by Mohammad.

At least 80 people were killed in the coordinated attacks on the Ahmedi mosques at Model Town and the heavily-congested area of Garhi Shahu areas of Lahore. Over 100 others were injured.
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