Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and ISIS deadly nexus in Pakistan

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and ISIS deadly nexus in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Punjab based terrorist organisation has claimed responsibility for the Quetta Police Training college terrorist attack that killed at least 62 soldiers and injured over 105.

However the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has also announced its collaboration with the self styled Islamic State (ISIS) for carrying out the terrorist attack.

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A faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) cooperated with Daesh (IS) this week in an attack on a police college that killed 59 people, the group's spokesman told Reuters.

The confirmation of a link between the two groups will stoke fears that Middle East-based Daesh is building a presence in Pakistan by aligning with domestic militant outfits.

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Daesh (IS) claimed responsibility for Monday's attack in Quetta and released photographs of the purported gunmen, who hunted down and killed police cadets during a raid that lasted nearly five hours.

But Pakistani authorities, who in September said they had crushed Islamic State's efforts to enter Pakistan, pinned the blame for the assault on an LeJ faction, Al Alami.

"We have no direct link with Daesh, but we have done this attack together," said Ali bin Sufyan, spokesman for LeJ Al-Alam