Authorities arrested six suspected Taliban militants Monday with a suicide vest and hand grenades allegedly on their way to attack a five-star hotel in Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural capital, police said.
Pakistan police have arrested six suspected Taliban militants with a suicide vest and hand grenades allegedly on their way to attack a five-star hotel and kill Americans in the country’s cultural capital.
The militants arrested on the outskirts of Lahore included a 14-year-old boy and a prayer leader from Pakistan’s Khyber tribal area near the Afghan border, said police official Zulfikar Hameed.
The prayer leader was wearing a vest packed with explosives. They told police they were targeting Americans at the Pearl Continental hotel, he said.
“We think they were on their way to launch the attack,” said Mr Hameed. “They told us that Americans are responsible for the death of every innocent Muslim in the so-called war on terror.”