LAHORE : Pakistan police on Tuesday arrested 30 suspects and registered FIR against four unidentified terrorists in connection with the suicide attack outside Punjab assembly here in which 13 people , including six security officials , were killed.
We have arrested 30 suspects in connection with the Lahore's Mall Road blast so far. Investigations are underway and will reach the mastermind of this attack." Punjab Government spokesman Zaeem Hussain Qadri told reporters here,as the country mourned the victims of the Taliban-claimed attack.
Lahore Traffic Police chief Capt (R) Ahmad Mobeen and Senior Suprintendentt Police Zahid Gondal were among the six police officials and thirteen people who lost there lives along with 70 injured in the suicide blast . The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the outlawed Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. The group had also claimed responsibility for a blast on March 27 last year at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore that left 75 people dead, mostly Christians who were celebrating Easter Day.
Funeral were held on Tuesday for the security officals in different districts of Punjab province. The bombing is said to be the first suicide attack in Lahore in which two senior police official''s lost there lives. The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Rafique and senior police and military officer offered funeral prayers to the slain security officials.
According to the FIR, four suspects reached outside the Punjab Assembly building on the Mall Road where a protest demonstration of chemists was underway. "Police tried to stop a suspected terrorist, aged between 17 and 20, to reach near the police officers who were busy negotiating with the leaders of the chemists to protests when he blew himself up. His other accomplices, however, managed to escape," the FIR said.
A joint team of police and intelligence agencies are investigating the blast on different aspects, Punjab police spokesman Nayab Haider said. Inspector General Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera said the terrorists target was police personnel. """The protest of chemists provided an opportunity to terrorists to target the police officials," he said.
DIG Mobeen earlier had survived an attempt to his life during his posting Balochistan. On February 7, the National Counter Terrorism Authority had issued a threat saying a terrorist group had planned an attack in Lahore.
"After this threat alert we had provided extra security to the Governor's House, Punjab Assembly and Lahore High Court building located on the Mall ," Punjab Law Minister Rana said.
He said the Lahore blast could be a conspiracy to stop the Pakistan Super League final at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 5.