ISLAMABAD: At least nine suspected terrorists, belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were arrested during a raid carried out by security forces in Islamabad.
Upon receiving a tip-off regarding the presence of 14 terrorists in Sector G-10 of the federal capital, security forces carried out a raid in a mosque and arrested the nine.
Sources told Dawn that the arrested TTP terrorists were said to hail from the northwestern regions of Swat and Bajaur, adding that they were planning to target a senior military officer.
Islamabad is the federal capital of Pakistan and a number of search operations have been carried out in the city in the recent past.
It houses the Presidency, the Prime Minister House, the Parliament and the Supreme Court and authorities in the past have also claimed to have foiled attacks on the Parliament which lies adjacent to Aiwan-i-Sadr.
The city is no stranger to terrorist activity. Earlier this year in March, at least 11 people, including additional sessions judge Rafaqat Awan, were killed and 29 others were wounded during a gun and bomb attack in a court in the capital’s F-8 sector. However, of all the attacks it has witnessed, the bombing targeting the Marriott Hotel remains the most well-known.