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7/1/07 Lahore, Pakistan (SVM News)– Eight Islamic militants have been arrested in Pakistan on July 1st for the attack towards Christian school children and nurses on August 2002, in which 10 people were killed.

Masood Aziz, the senior police officer said, “The suspecting militants were caught by special police of Lahore city”.

“We catched them when we were plotting another attack, for we had information about militants planning a serious terrorist attack in the province of Baluchistan,” he told.

“The militants were supplying suicide bombers and explosive devices to Taliban fighters in neighbouring Afghanistan,” an officer said to Rev. Paul Ciniraj, the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries and the SVM News Service. “They were led by the banned militant groups named Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Al-Furqan, based in Quetta of Baluchistan,” police officer added.

The gang leaders are suspecting as Mufti Saghir Ahmed, a veteran of the 1980s war against invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan, and Mohammad Safeer, another militant.

Both Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Al-Furqan are Sunni muslim groups and they are believed to have links with al Qaeda. They used to collect materials and volunteers from the central province of Punjab.

Pakistan has arrested hundreds of al Qaeda members, including several leaders, and sympathisers since joining the American led international campaign against terrorism, launched after the 2001 attacks on the United States.

The suspects were believed linked to two attacks.

In the first, militants attacked a school for the children of foreign missionaries on August 5, 2005 at the hill town of Murree, 50 kms northeast of Islamabad, in which they killed six Christians.

Four days later, on August 9, four nurses were killed in a grenade attack on a church at a hospital in the town of Taxila, near Islamabad.