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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Pakistan: Man arrested for planning attacks on Eid

Police on Thursday arrested a suspected Islamic militant who had allegedly planned to carry out terrorist attacks in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore on the Islamic festival of Eid, an official said.

The Pakistani man, identified as Mohammed Omar Abdullah Sindhi, 29, was arrested at a bus terminal after he arrived in Lahore from the tribal area town of Wana, said Masood Aziz, a senior Lahore police officer.

Sindhi was arrested following an intelligence tip, Aziz said.

"We had information that he was traveling from Wana to Lahore and he had planned some terrorist activities in Lahore on Eid," Aziz said of the Islamic festival the marks the ending of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims observe dawn to dusk fasting.

Police found grenades from a traveling bag Sindhi was carrying and he claimed to have worked for al-Qaida, Aziz said.
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