Lahore, Feb 19: Over 300 people, mostly Afghans, have been arrested in Pakistan's Punjab province as part of heightened security measures following a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine that killed 88 worshippers.
"More than 350 suspects have been taken into custody mostly Afghans since the Lahore blast last Monday on the Mall Road," Punjab police spokesman Niyab Haider told PTI today.
He said the search operation of the law enforcement agencies will continue across the province and the Afghan nationals living here must keep their identification papers.
At least 88 people were killed and over 200 injured in the deadly suicide attack claimed by the ISIS in the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan area of southern Sindh province.
"During Saturday and Sunday the police have arrested more than 200 people mostly Afghans and Pashtoon as they did not have identification papers. Police have also arrested those who had given them their houses on rent," he said.
Some 15 people, mostly police officers, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a protest demonstration of chemists outside the Punjab Assembly.