Pakistani officials have arrested 42 suspected Daesh-linked militants in Punjab province in eastern Pakistan, a government official told Associated Press.
According to Rana Sanaullah, Pakistan's law minister, the arrests were the result of raids for militants in four Punjab cities over the weekend.
Sanaullah says the 42 arrested had been tasked with setting up Daesh sleeper cells. Among those arrested was purported Daesh Islamabad chief Amir Mansour, deputy Abdullah Mansouri, and chief for the Sindh province, Umer Kathio. The raids also yielded Daesh literature and weapons, he continued.
Thirteen additional suspects were also arrested in a separate raid last week in Daska district, also in Punjab.
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