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Terrorists killed in Lahore were planning to attack IB office

LAHORE, 01 JULY (DNA) – Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada on Wednesday gave startling details regarding three terrorists who were recently killed during police operation in Lahore.

On Monday, three militants were killed and the fourth one blew himself up and two others were wounded and captured when police and coutner-terrorism forces conducted raid in Pathan Colony neighbourhood of Ferozewala town, 18 kilometres (11 miles) north of the Punjab provincial capital Lahore.

Briefing media at the CM Secretariat, the Punjab Home Minister said that terrorists were planning an attack on Intlligence Bureau office on Lahore`s Mall Road.

He said these details were revealed by alleged suicide bomber Mehmood alias Abdullah who was arrested during the operation. Suspected suicide attack Mehmood alias Abdullah

Shuja Khanzada said the suicide bombers were trained for five-months in Afghanistan by Indian citizen Maulana Asim. They travelled from Wana to Dera Ismail Khan and then arrived in Lahore through a bus.

He said Pakistan and Afghanistan are assisting each other through intelligence sharing, thus, terrorists will not find any place in Pakistan now. The minister then showed video of alleged terrorist Mehmood’s confessional statement and briefing by militant commander Abdali regarding their plan.

Khanzada said police seized three suicide bombing jackets, one rocket launcher, five Kalashnikov rifles, a large cache of bullets and maps of important buildings during the raid.

So far, more than 2,700 militants have been killed and their more than 800 hideouts have been destroyed since the security forces launched an offensive on the TTP`s main base in North Waziristan tribal district in June last year. DNA

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