Pakistan blocks cellphone service to millions over terror threat

Cellphone services in several major urban areas in Pakistan resumed Monday after a 14-hour blackout over concerns of a possible terrorist plot to coincide with the end of the Muslim holy day of Ramadan, news services said.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered services providers to shut down their networks in the southern city of Karachi, the eastern city of Lahore, the central city of Multan and the western city of Quetta around 8:00 p.m. Sunday (11 a.m. ET Sunday) because of concern that cellphones could be used to detonate explosives, Pakistan’s Geo News reported.

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