Counter-Terrorism Department gunned down six terrorists in an operation while two managed to escape of the extremists, reported Wednesday. All the killed extremists belonged to Al-Qaeda. Different teams of the anti-terror force are hunting for the escapees.
Four of the total eight terrorists were reportedly foreigners. Two rifles, two hand grenades, mauser and a pistol were recovered from the bodies.
Bodies were shifted to Layyah’s District Hospital for autopsies.
Separately, Counter-Terrorism Department, acting on atip-off, carried out an operation near Mini Stadium at the Sheikhupura Road in Gujranwala and apprehended a commander of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria named Faisal Babar.
Bombs madde out of pressure cookers, timers, ball bearings and detonators were seized from his possession. Sources said that the arrested terrorist had planned to carry out attacks on security forces installations in Gujranwala.
Babar was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
Pakistan is battling terrorists that allegedly arrive Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had called for a strickter check at the border in his address at the fifth Heart of Asia Conference last year which was attended by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani among others including Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.
United States, earlier this month targeted a vehicle in Balochistan s Nushki area that killed Afghanistan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
First ever US drone strike in Balochistan and killing of Taliban chief in Pakistan is taking its toll on Pakistan-United States relations. The Department of State has announced to continue targeting terrorists in Pakistan despite Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif s statement terming drone attacks detrimental to bilateral terms.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali termed the strike a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.