Police arrest suspect responsible for parking explosive-laden car in Johar Town

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Police in Punjab on Monday claimed the arrest of the suspect who parked the explosive-laden car used in Lahore’s Johar Town blast from Rawalpindi.

The suspect has been identified as Eid Gul. Law enforcement officials further claimed that after Gul’s arrest, another suspect, David Paul, had also been identified as a terrorist.

“Peter David Paul had himself brought the car used in the terrorist incident from Gujranwala seven days prior to the blast and handed it over to Eid Gul,” the officials claimed.

The police further said that vehicle’s registration number was LEB 9928 and had been reported stolen 11 years ago on November 29, 2010; from Gujranwala’s Cantt Police Station.

On June 23, at least three people died and several others were injured when an explosives-laden vehicle exploded near the house of Hafiz Saeed, leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), in Lahore’s Johar Town neighbourhood.

The investigation was pinned around David Paul, the suspect arrested at Lahore airport after being offloaded from a Karachi-bound flight, as he was the last link in the ownership of a black Corolla car, believed to be used in the bombing on Wednesday.

The arrests made so far were one way or the other connected to David Paul. Paul dealt was a broker and also into hoteling and scrap, of various items and had a history of travelling between Dubai and Pakistan. He also had an intra-country travel history too.

The CTD has been taking into custody his relatives and the people, who had been in contact with him for a considerable time in the recent past. A raid was conducted at his residence reportedly in Mahmudabad, Karachi, where his belongings such as a laptop etc along with two family members were taken into custody.

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