Pakistan arrests 44 suspects over Kashmir attack

The bombing pushed Pakistan and India close to all-out war over Kashmir last week

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near Pampore after a car bomb attack. Photograph: AP Photo/Dar Yasin

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol near Pampore after a car bomb attack. Photograph: AP Photo/Dar Yasin

 

Pakistani authorities have arrested dozens of suspects over the suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 troops.

They included the brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group, which India has blamed for the attack on February 14th.

The bombing triggered a dangerous escalation that last week pushed Pakistan and India close to all-out war over Kashmir.

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said 44 suspects were arrested, including Mufti Abdul Rauf, brother of the group’s leader Masood Azhar.

The ministry said the brother was among suspects listed in a file on the February bombing that India gave to Pakistan over the weekend.

Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India and is claimed by both in its entirety. – AP