LAHORE: The CTD personnel on Sunday morning killed four alleged terrorists, while weapons and explosives were recovered from their suspects’ possession during raid in Manawan area in Lahore.
According to CTD sources, the terrorists were involved in 2008 Moon Market suicide explosion and the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team attack in 2009.
On a tip-off, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel conducted search operation on Sunday at Mian Town Burj area near Ring Road, while the terrorists started firing at the police party.
The police retaliated and gunned-down four terrorists, while three fled the scene. The bodies were shifted to local hospital for medico-legal formalities. The deceased were identified as Zubair, Abdul Wahab, Adnan Arshad and Ateeq-ur-Rehman.
The officials did not identify the militants or their armed group. The attack on the cricket team killed six police and two bystanders, and wounded six cricket players.
The Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an affiliated extremist group, claimed the attack, which was carried out by 10 gunmen.
A counter-terrorism official says the shootout erupted late Saturday on the edge of Lahore when other gunmen tried to break the militants out of police custody. Another senior official confirmed the account. Both spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.