PESHAWAR: Security forces on Wednesday claimed to have arrested a member of the Islamic State militant group from Peshawar's Qazi Kaley area.

A spokesperson of the counter-terrorism department claimed that a man, Muhammad Farid, who recently joined the IS, was arrested during a raid in the area. Farid was allegedly involved in plotting large-scale terror attacks and target killings.

The spokesperson alleged Farid was involved in 32 target killings, including those targeting police officials in various parts of Peshawar, and had also killed five women over allegations of prostitution in the city. He added that Farid had disclosed the names of his companions.

The spokesperson alleged that the arrested suspect had been trained in the Taba Toba area of Afghanistan in 2008, and that his brother was also arrested in Afghanistan over his links to IS. Another brother of Farid's was killed in an encounter with security forces, he said.

It may be mentioned here that this is the first time captured 'militants' have been termed IS suspects by the CTD in the province. The development comes less than a month after Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa announced the army had 'foiled Daesh designs in Pakistan'.