Data Darbar blast: CTD arrests alleged facilitator, identify bomber

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LAHORE: In a major breakthrough, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab police have arrested an accomplice of the Data Darbar attackers.

This is the second arrest in two weeks relating to a suicide attack that left 12 people killed near Data Darbar in Lahore.

The suspect has been identified as Mohsin Khan, who is a resident of Shabqadar area in Charsadda. He was picked up from Bhati Gate area.

According to investigators, bomb-making material has also been recovered from Khan.

The alleged suicide attacker who has been identified as Sadiquallh Mahmand was a resident of Afghanistan.

“The attacker entered Pakistan on an Afghan passport through the Torkham border on May 6,” CTD sources said, adding, “A man named Tayabullah helped Sadiqullah cross into the country through the Torkham border.”

Tayabullah took the alleged suicide attacker to Lahore, where they both stayed at the residence of alleged facilitator Khan and Noor Zaib on May 7.

Last week, three alleged terrorists were arrested during an operation in the metropolis’ Bhati Gate area, including a woman facilitator.

The three are suspected to be involved in the May 8 blast outside the Data Darbar shrine which had claimed the lives of 12 people and left at least 25 others wounded.