ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Pakistani officials say at least 24 terror suspects were arrested Sunday and Monday, including three people with suicide jackets and bombs in a bus station.
A police official said the three were arrested after a raid on the bus station in Sargodha, about 120 miles south of Islamabad, CNN reported.
District police officer Usman Anwar said the suspects were planning to attack two Shiite mosques, police stations and a Norwegian telecommunications company in Punjab province. Others were arrested later.
The arrests in Sargodha came a day after the arrest of the Pakistani Taliban's leader in Punjab, Anwar said.
Taliban militants in Punjab have direct links to Baitullah Mehsud, the former head of the Pakistan Taliban, and have been accused of sectarian murders in Punjab. Pakistan and U.S. officials said Mehsud was killed in an Aug. 5 drone attack in Waziristan at his father-in-law's house. Taliban leaders said Mehsud is alive but ill.
Pakistani authorities said their latest offensive also thwarted planned attacks in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.