Police arrest four ‘TTP terrorists’ in Multan, foil bid to target top politicians

Published: July 17, 2018
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Suspected militants were preparing to target election rallies to disrupt the July 25 polls. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Suspected militants were preparing to target election rallies to disrupt the July 25 polls. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: Four alleged terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested in a massive intelligence-based operation (IBO) conducted by the police’s counter-terrorism department (CTD) in Multan, thwarting plans of disrupting the coming general elections.

The suspected terrorists were preparing to attack the top leadership of different political parties in Multan in a bid to disrupt the July 25 polls, the police claimed in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The raid was carried out on an intelligence tipoff about presence of four terrorists of the proscribed organisation carrying arms and explosives on Bypass Road near Bakhtawar Amin Hospital.

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“After receiving the information, the CTD personnel launched a big IBO involving deployment of dozens of intelligence officers. They dug out the hideout of terrorists and reached at the said place [to arrest the suspects],” the statement read.

Weapons including hand grenades and maps and TTP’s literature were recovered from the suspects, identified as Abdul Salam, M Liaquat, Wajidullah and M Ahmed.

The CTD police are confident of further disclosures and preparing to carry out more raids on information being extracted from the ongoing interrogation.

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The CTD Punjab has foiled four terrorism plans in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal and Faisalabad in the past three weeks. Hundreds of activists and facilitators of proscribed outfits are under their strict watch after receiving 16 threat alerts in July alone.

Raids are being conducted on daily basis on special directions of the IGP Punjab for defeating nefarious designs of the terrorists and to ensure smooth conduct of the general elections in Punjab.

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