Military officials in Pakistan say a would-be Islamic State female suicide bomber had planned to assault a church during Eastern celebrations Sunday in Lahore before a counterterrorism raid captured her this past Friday.
Army spokesman General Asif Ghafoor at a news conference Monday identified the suspect as Naureen Leghari, saying she is still under investigation.
The young woman, officials say, has told investigators she was contacted and radicalized by IS operatives through social media.
General Ghafoor also dismissed reported claims that Naureen had traveled to Syria and received training at IS-run terror camps there. He said the evidence collected so far has established she never went to Syria.
The spokesman released a video confessional statement in which Naureen says she was studying in a medical college in the southern city of Hyderabad and only recently moved to Lahore with two other accomplices to execute the terrorist plot.