Islamabad: An Al-Qaeda member suspected of having masterminded the suicide car bombing of the Marriott Hotel was arrested, along with three accomplices, in Karachi on Sunday.

Muhammad Anwar, described by police as a local Al-Qaeda leader, was arrested with the three other men during a raid conducted on the basis of a tip-off, Geo News channel reported.

However, four of Anwar’s associates escaped during the raid on a house in Model Colony, where a meeting of banned religious groups was being held.

The police also seized 50 kg of explosives 22 kg of sulphur powder, 35 gallons of nitric acid, 100 metres of detonating wire, 25 timer devices, over 1,000 capacitors, two Kalashnikovs and two pistols during the raid. — PTI