Friday 30 September 2016

Pakistan announces arrests over Indian air base attack

Published 13/01/2016 | 11:36

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting to discuss security issues
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting to discuss security issues

Pakistan says it has arrested "several individuals" from an outlawed militant group who are linked to a four-day assault on an Indian air base earlier this month that killed seven Indian soldiers.

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The government announced the arrests in a statement on Tuesday after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting to discuss security issues.

The statement says an investigation into the incident has made "considerable progress", leading to the arrest of several individuals from the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group.

All six militants who took part in the attack were killed by Indian forces.

India has long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to Islamic militants who have staged cross-border attacks and battled Indian forces in the disputed Kashmir region.

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