ISLAMABAD (dpa) – Pakistani security agencies arrested an alleged recruiter for the Islamic State group in the eastern city of Lahore, officials said Thursday.
The Pakistani-Syrian man, named as Yousaf al-Salafi, was arrested over the weekend along with two accomplices, police and intelligence officials said.
Al-Salafi reached Pakistan from Syria via Turkey in September last year, the officials told dpa.
The arrests came days after a video purportedly showing some Pakistani Taleban commanders announcing allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was posted on websites.
Al-Salafi visited Taleban fighters in their hideouts in the north-western tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said, speculating that his activities and the video might be linked.
There are signs that the Islamic State group is growing in influence among militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a region long dominated by al-Qaeda.