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Saturday, March 13, 2010

50 held in Lahore as police says attackers to be identified soon

LAHORE, Mar 13 : Law enforcement agencies have apprehended as many as 50 people during search operations across the city in connection with serial blasts in Lahore.
According to sources, the search operation was launched overnight Saturday which continued on Saturday morning. Police said most arrests were made from areas around R.A. Bazaar and Allama Iqbal Town, the locations of serial bombings.
“At least fifty people have been taken into custody in connection with yesterday’s (Friday) bombings,” police sources said investigations were underway from the detained persons.
Meanwhile, a gloomy atmosphere prevailed in the city, especially in R.A. Bazaar and Iqbal Town areas, where back-to-back nine bombs killed over 40 people and injured 90 others.
The routine life in the city remained suspended on Saturday after an announcement by the business community to observe mourning day for the martyrs of Friday’s bombings.
All the government schools remained open on Saturday, while exams schedules for the day were also held undisturbed. However, some private schools, which observe holiday on Saturday, remained closed.
Attendance in the offices and schools, especially those close to the bombing sites, remained thin and sense of scare and gloom prevailed.
The investigative agencies were probing various aspects after garnering various evidences from the spots. The body parts of the attackers have been sent for DNA tests.
The security has been beefed up in the city, especially in the Cantt areas, and additional security personnel have been deployed throughout the city, where strict security checking is being done.
Meanwhile, DIG Police Tariq Saleem Dogar has said that the investigators have found clues from the bombing sites, which have never been found before, and that the investigation tames will be able to identity the attackers very soon.

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