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‘LJ men involved in attacks on media houses held’

‘LJ men involved in attacks on media houses held’

LAHORE: Law enforcement agencies claimed on Tuesday to have arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) suspe­cted to be involved in attacks on different media houses.

Quoting intelligence sources, some television news channels reported that prime suspects Saifullah and Waheed and their five accomplices were arrested during a raid in Samanabad area.

Arms and ammunition, maps of some media houses and jihadi literature were recovered from the suspects’ possession, the reports said.

The suspects confessed to carrying out an attack on offices of the Din News channel in Gulbarg, in which three people, including two policemen, were injured, according to the sources.

Assailants on motorcycles had hurled a hand grenade on the offices of the channel on Dec 1.

Earlier, the bureau office of Dunya news in Faisalabad had been attacked. The assailants had left behind some pamphlets containing threats from the Daulat-i-Islamia Khorasan, said to be a faction of the militant Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Published in Dawn, January 13th, 2016

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