Arrest over anti-Shia attacks

Pakistan's paramilitary rangers have arrested a man suspected to have masterminded a spate of attacks on minority Shia Muslims in which scores of people were killed.

    Some Sunni Muslims are furious with Musharraf

    Dawood Badani, a member of the outlawed Sunni Muslim Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was arrested in the port city of Karachi at the weekend, Major-General Javed Zia, chief of the rangers in Karachi, told reporters on Monday.

       

    "He is a key member of the group," Zia said.

       

    He was wanted for masterminding most attacks on Shia Muslims in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, including an assault on a Shia procession which killed more than 40 people in March, Zia said.


       

    "He was also involved in an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in July last year that killed more than 57 people."

       

    Badani fled to Karachi to escape arrest, he added.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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