URGENT ¥¥¥ Pakistan holds head of group that claimed Quetta bombings

Pakistani police Friday detained the head of a banned Sunni Muslim extremist group that claimed responsibility for recent deadly bombings in the city of Quetta targeting Shiites, officials said.

Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), was detained at his residence in the central city of Rahim Yar Khan and taken to the local jail.

"Malik Ishaq has been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) law on the orders of the Punjab provincial government," a senior police official in Rahim Yar Khan, Tanveer Ahmad, told AFP.