Pakistan Says It Foiled IS Bid to Expand Network in Country

September 1, 2016 5:17 PM

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Pakistan has foiled a bid by the Islamic State group to expand its network into this predominantly Muslim country, with the military arresting 309 suspects, including IS members from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, a military spokesman said Thursday.

The remarks by Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa were a rare admission of IS presence in Pakistan, where officials have long insisted that the extremist group has no footprint. Earlier, Pakistani officials had insisted that IS has no presence in the country.

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