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Raw material for explosives came from Lahore

Afzal Khan / 21 February 2013

ISLAMABAD — The raw material for explosives used in Saturday’s deadly bombing in Quetta was bought from a market in Lahore, Express News TV channel reported on Wednesday.

The raw material was bought from a chemicals shop in Akbari Mandi. Police have arrested the owner of the shop for questioning. The records stated that in the last two months 15 boxes of raw materials had been sent to Quetta in the name of Daad Khan. The police have confiscated the records.

Earlier, the security forces had nabbed 170 suspects in their operations across the Quetta city. Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told reporters in Quetta on Tuesday night that security forces killed four men and arrested seven others accused of killing Shias. Among those arrested was an alleged mastermind of a devastating bomb attack that killed 89 people, he said.

The operation was carried out on the outskirts of Quetta, where thousands of people staged a sit-in for three days to demand army protection and refused to bury the victims of Saturday’s bomb attack on the ethnic Hazara community.

The dead were buried on Wednesday morning after community leaders called off countrywide protest following several hours of negotiations with a government team in Quetta. Life in most cities had limped to normal on Wednesday though in some pockets of major cities, small bands of protesters refused to end the sit-in unless army was handed over Quetta city’s control to restore peace and order.

In a counter move, in Hub area near Karachi, a Sunni group blocked highway linking Karachi with Balochistan while demanding release of scores of Sunni activists in Quetta.


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