Pakistan foils major terror attack; seven militants killed

A major terror attack in Pakistan was foiled on Sunday, after security forces killed seven militants who were plotting to target key government installations in Punjab province, the latest in a series of similar assaults

PTI July 31, 2016 15:03:16 IST
Pakistan foils major terror attack; seven militants killed

Lahore: A major terror attack in Pakistan was foiled on Sunday, after security forces killed seven militants who were plotting to target key government installations in Punjab province, the latest in a series of similar assaults.

According to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab police, it had received information that around 10 to 12 militants were planning to attack sensitive installations and buildings of law enforcement agencies here. "A CTD team, along with police commandos, raided a house in Chak Char Rasala in Sheikhupura district, about 50 km from Lahore in the early hours of Sunday morning. The team asked them to surrender," the CTD said.

Pakistan foils major terror attack seven militants killed

The Pakistan Army has launched a targeted attack on militants since April. Representational image. AFP

"But they opened fire on the raiding team instead, which returned the fire, killing seven militants on the spot. The remaining three managed to flee," it said.

Explosives, hand grenades, kalashnikovs, a large quantity of bullets, three motorcycles and maps of sensitive buildings have been recovered from their hideout. The CTD has shifted the bodies to a mortuary for autopsy and the outfit to which the militants belonged is yet to be ascertained.

On 23 July, five Taliban militants who were plotting to attack government installations and personnel of law enforcement agencies were killed in an encounter by security forces in Punjab.

At least six militants were killed on 13 July in a shootout with the police in Punjab's Okara city. In April, the Pakistan Army launched a targeted operation against militants in the province, days after a deadly attack in Lahore where 70 people were killed and over 200 injured, when a suicide bomb ripped through a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter.

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