LAHORE: Security agencies arrest 5 suspects involved in twin bombings in Youhanaabad.
According to media reports, the security and intelligence agencies conducted an operation in Lahore and arrested five suspected terrorists who were involved in carrying out twin suicide blasts at Catholic and Christ Churches in Youhanabad area of Lahore, in March earlier this year.
According to local media sources, the suspects arrested were involved in providing assistance to the suicide bombers. The security agencies also recovered weapons, explosive materials and detonators from the suspected terrorists.
The security agencies have handed the suspects over to the Lahore police for further interrogation. A faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack after the incident.
The twin blasts at the Catholic Church and nearby Christ Church left at least 78 people reportedly injured and 15 killed in the explosions in a Christian nieghborhood Youhanabad.
Youhanabad is Pakistan’s most densely populated Christian colony. According to some estimates, Youhanabad accommodates about 40,000 of Christians and some 50 churches. Moreover, the two churches that were targeted by bombers house congregations between 300 to 400 worshippers every Sunday. The bombers blew themselves up minutes apart.
It was reported that one police guard when spotted a suicide bomber trying to enter the Catholic Church, stepped in to stop him. As a result of this resistance the terrorist detonate the bomb where he stood and thus was prevented from entering the church.
Similarly at Christ Church, another Christian guard identified as Zahid Goga, met head-on with the second suicide bomber but was consequently shot in the head by the bomber’s accomplice.