Police Tag Taliban in Lahore Mosque Attacks

Investigation on the grisly massacre of close to a hundred members of a minority sectarian group in Pakistan is moving ahead, with authorities identifying the suspects as members of the Taliban in the country.

Police blamed Pakistani Taliban militants for the death of 93 members of the Ahmadi sectarian group, who were killed in attacks on two mosques in the city of Lahore on Friday. The coordinated attacks occurred minutes apart, with the gunmen spraying bullets on the Ahmadis, who were conducting their afternoon prayers.

Investigators tagged the Taliban after interrogating one of the attackers, who was captured after the attacks. Senior police officer Akram Naeem said the 17-year-old suspect told investigators that he and the other attackers trained in the Pakistani Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan.

The attacks could put more pressure on the Pakistani government to launch full-scale operations against the Taliban in North Waziristan, as the region has long been known to be the producer of a number of terrorist trained by the insurgent group.