Pakistan detains over 5,000 after Easter bombing



Pakistani authorities detained more than 5,000 suspects, then released most of them, in the two days since a suicide bomber hit a park in the eastern city of Lahore at Easter, killing at least 70 people, a provincial minister said yesterday.

Investigators were keeping 216 suspects in custody pending further investigation, said Rana Sanaullah, a state minister for Punjab province from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ruling party.

“After further investigation we will know more about them,” he said. “…If someone is found to be guilty they will be charged.”

Details of the sweeping raids – aimed at anyone suspected of Islamist extremism – came as the Taliban faction claiming responsibility for the attack issued a new threat yesterday, singling out the media.

“Everyone will get their turn in this war, especially the slave Pakistani media,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, tweeted. “We are just waiting for the appropriate time.”

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