Pakistan

88 suspects rounded up in countrywide combing operations

ISLAMABAD: Security forces across the country apprehended at least 99 suspects in different raids as part of an ongoing combing operation, ARY News reported.

According to sources, law enforcement agencies conducted raids in different cities and took 88 suspects into custody. Of the total arrest, 65 were nabbed from Karachi and 12 from Lahore.


What is combing operation?

The combing operations are aimed at tracking the terrorists, their facilitators, accomplices and sleeper cells in different parts of the country and neutralising them. These operations also encompass granting more powers to civilian law enforcement agencies for meaningful action against terror suspects.


The security forces launched combing operations nation-wide after deadly bombing at a shrine in Sehwan Sharif, killing more than 80 people. The army announced to intensify crackdown on terrorists across the country and began combing operation with a pledge to root out menace of terrorism.

Pakistani security forces killed dozens of suspected militants, a day after Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshippers at a shrine.

The security response was swift.

“Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made,” the military said last week

“Terrorists will be targeted ruthlessly, indiscriminately, anywhere and everywhere. No let up,” DG ISPR said in a statement.

Most of the other recent attacks have been claimed by factions of the Pakistani Taliban, which is waging its own fight against the government but whose ranks have also cooperated with and sometimes defected to Islamic State.

 

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