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Arrested terrorist is Afghan national, says Malik

March 31, 2009 01:43 IST

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One of the terrorists arrested for Monday's attack on a police training centre in Lahore [Images] is an Afghan national, interior ministry chief Rehman Malik said.

The suspect, arrested with grenades while he was trying to target some helicopters being used in operations against the terrorists who stormed the police facility, belongs to Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province, Malik told media-persons.

Malik was speaking after security forces captured or killed the terrorists who attacked the training centre during an eight-hour-long operation. Nine persons were killed and over 90 injured in the terrorist assault. He said three other suspects had been taken into custody for questioning.

The attack on the police centre was planned in the South Waziristan tribal region and the militants in Pakistan's tribal areas were receiving training across the border, he added. Malik said the suspects are being interrogated and more details would be available within three days after a high-level investigating committee completed its probe into the incident.
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