LAHORE: At least 10 suspected terrorists were killed in exchange of fire with Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Manawan area of Lahore in the wee hours of Saturday.
According to details, the CTD personnel were taking a facilitator, Anwar-ul-Haq, of Lahore Mall Road blast suicide bomber to Manawan area to identify the place where they had hidden weapons when his accomplices attacked the CTD team. The CTD officials retaliated and during the cross fire 10 terrorists were killed. Anwar-ul-Haq was also among the dead
CTD said that the deceased terrorists were affiliated with the banned outfit Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. Arms, ammunition, and explosives were recovered during the encounter.
The CTD sources said that the dead terrorists were involved in February 13, 2017 suicide attack on Lahore’s Mall Road. At least 15 people were killed in that attack. Jamat-ul-Ahrar had claimed the responsibility of the attack.
The terrorists who died in the encounter with CTD included Anwar-ul-Haq, Atta-ur-Rehman, Abdullah, Irfan Shah and Imam Shah. The identity of five other terrorists is not yet known.
The CTD sources further informed that huge cache of arms explosive material was recovered from the dead terrorists. At least three motorcycles were also seized by the CTD from the site.