Three suspected terrorists were killed during a raid conducted by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) at a terrorist hideout near Kale Pathan village on the outskirts of Pakpattan.
According to the CTD officials, the suspects took advantage of the dark and about four terrorists managed to escape.
The CTD police also recovered a Kalashnikov, two pistols, two hand grenades and other items from the spot. According to the official sources, on the identification of the arrested terrorist Omar Daraz, he was taken to raid the hideout.
Meanwhile, terrorists opened fire on the CTD team. Two unidentified terrorists including Omar were killed on the spot during the exchange of fire while four terrorists managed to escape.
The bodies of the terrorists were shifted to the district headquarters hospital for postmortem. After postmortem, the body of Omar, son of Manzoor, was taken from Pakpattan to Bahawalnagar under police supervision.
The bodies of two unidentified terrorists were lying in the hospital. Meanwhile, a search had been launched to nab the suspected terrorists.
CTD sources added that the slain terrorists were allegedly involved in the Bahawalnagar blast during an Ashura procession this year. Further investigation was underway.
Reportedly, the suspects were arrested by the counter-terrorism force during operations across the province.
In addition to weapons, the CTD also recovered bomb-making equipment and explosives.
Four of the suspects, said to be members of a proscribed sectarian outfit, were arrested from Lahore during an operation.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2021.
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