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Pakistan 'Busts Joint Terror Network'

Security officials escort arrested terror suspect Naeem Bukhara in Karachi on February 12.

Pakistan says it has arrested a collective of 97 militants from three banned groups in the port city of Karachi.

Army spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa announced on February 12 that the militants had been arrested over the past months.

Bajwa said they belonged to the groups Lashkar-e Jhangvi, Tehrik-e Taliban, and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent.

He said the men, who have been coordinating on logistics and planning, were accused of involvement in multiple attacks on Pakistani air bases, a major airport, and police facilities.

Several of the arrested were in the advanced stages of planning a jailbreak attempt on a jail in Hyderabad, according to Bajwa.

Khalid Omar Sheikh, who kidnapped and killed U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002, was to be released during the attack. The plotters also had a list of 35 inmates they wanted to kill.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and Dawn