July 19, 2005

Pakistan detains 25 in London bomb probe raids

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces detained 25
suspected Islamist militants in a series of raids overnight
linked to investigations into the July 7 bomb attacks in
London, officials said on Tuesday.

The latest detentions were made in an overnight crackdown
in the most populous province, Punjab, and included members of
outlawed Islamist groups.

"They are being questioned for links with any of the
bombers," an official of the provincial government told
Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official said security agencies had detained 25
suspects in the cities of Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Faisalabad
and Khushab.

A senior security official in Punjab said he expected that
questioning of a handful of other suspects detained in recent
days in the provincial capital, Lahore, would confirm ties to
the London bombers.

"We suspect two or three of the detained (from Lahore) had
links with the bombers. We are interrogating them intensively.
We hope we will come out with some positive outcome shortly,"
he said.

The death toll from the London underground train and bus
bombings stood on Monday at 56.

Three of the four bombers were young British Muslims of
Pakistani descent, and officials say all of them entered
Pakistan through the southern city of Karachi last year. The
fourth attacker was a Jamaican-born Briton.