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6 suspected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants killed in CTD raid in Multan

Updated Feb 16, 2017 09:08pm

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The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police raided a militant hideout and killed six suspected members of the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JA), the group that has launched a new campaign of violence in the country, police said on Thursday.

CTD said its officers surrounded a hideout of the JA in Multan late on Wednesday and ordered the suspects inside to surrender.

“But the terrorists started firing at the raiding party and threw explosives,” a spokesman for the department, who the unit does not identify for security reasons, said in a statement.

Six militants were killed while three or four escaped under cover of darkness, the department added. Two hand grenades, two automatic rifles and two pistols were recovered.

Police acted after getting information that the militants were planning to launch attacks on “vital installations” and the government in the area.

The militant faction claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack near the Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Monday that killed 14 people and wounded more than 80.

Also read: As Lahore buries its dead, citizens demand answers

Since then, militants have killed two bomb-disposal officers in the Quetta and a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in Mohmand Agency on Wednesday, killing five people.

Also on Wednesday, a suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a group of judges in a van in Peshawar, killing their driver.

The attacks have underlined the threat militants pose to the government, despite an army offensive launched in 2014 to push them out of their strongholds near the Afghan border.

Pakistan's foreign office said it had summoned Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi, deputy head of mission at Afghanistan's embassy in Islamabad, on Wednesday to voice concern about JA “sanctuaries” in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says militants launch attacks from the Afghan side of the border.

“Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers and handlers,” the foreign office said in a statement.

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Comments (35) Closed



The end is near Feb 16, 2017 01:42pm

Well done CTD. Finish them before they kill more innocent people.

Babar Feb 16, 2017 01:41pm

Is this really happening or innocent people being killed as to show that Punjab govt. is doing something with efforts of police so that voice to invite rangers in Punjab is blocked.

Naxalite Feb 16, 2017 01:44pm

Good Riddance!

BROTHER THERESA Feb 16, 2017 01:44pm

Six militants were killed and only Two Automatic rifle and two pistol were found? Yeah that seems legit !

vinit Feb 16, 2017 01:47pm

great goin

Taimur Feb 16, 2017 01:47pm

Three or four who escaped must have been caught and CTD could get useful information from them. Hopefully the operation will continue in Punjab to eradicate terrorism

MSD Feb 16, 2017 01:50pm

These militants identities should be made public.

Balooch Feb 16, 2017 02:49pm

why to wait till some thing bad happened finish them using intelligence

akram Feb 16, 2017 03:06pm

why did they let some of them escape? the police in these matters should be given night vision goggles for the Counter terrorism department.

Danny Feb 16, 2017 03:16pm

Provide concrete proof! Where were these raids before these attacks happened? What's the strategy moving forward. Shame on PML-N govt.!

future Feb 16, 2017 03:39pm

waste of time expressing concern over sanctuaries. they should be bombed out of existence.

saif zulfiqaR Feb 16, 2017 03:38pm

Arrest each and every senior member of this Jamat and put them behind bars.

Naveed Iqbal Feb 16, 2017 04:04pm

Shame on you"four escaped under cover of darkness"

IBN E ASHFAQUE Feb 16, 2017 04:16pm

The Punjab police must show concrete evidence that these are REAL terrorists........but the 12 killed in model town Lahore were also TERRORISTS by definition of Punjab Police.............

Saqlain Feb 16, 2017 04:15pm

Send them to hell along with their ideology

Confused Pakistani Feb 16, 2017 04:22pm

All suspected are being killed frequently but we know terrorists are not killed! Who we are killing? Terrorists are alive and enjoying!

UPADHYAY Feb 16, 2017 04:26pm

This is the most called for action. Nobody is above state / society

Ghani K Feb 16, 2017 04:41pm

Everybody knows southern Punjab has been nest of the terrorists for a long time. Punjab needs Karachi like operation by Punjab Rangers. So far, Sharifs have been resisting reason only known to them. Periodic raids on the sanctuaries are mere cosmetics.

AHA Feb 16, 2017 04:48pm

Just a cover up for consumption by our gullible awaam.

ZAK Feb 16, 2017 05:02pm

@future I agree.

SNB Feb 16, 2017 05:14pm

Well done.

Trueman Feb 16, 2017 05:32pm

I appreciate Pakistan law enforcement agencies

Trueman Feb 16, 2017 05:33pm

terrorists are not regional problem so united against them

Bilal Feb 16, 2017 06:02pm

How can they escaped? when CTD knows they were going to do an operation so why were they not fully prepared and covered the whole area. Very unprofessional. Thats why Rangers are required who know how to do an operation and search till last person. I am very depressed now.

Khalistan Feb 16, 2017 06:14pm

Well done.

Najjee Feb 16, 2017 06:44pm

"while three or four escaped under cover of darkness" I don't buy that; Since it shows lack of planning and incompetence on part of police.

Jk Feb 16, 2017 06:52pm

If a raid was conducted at night then why raiding parties had no night vision glasses so no one would have escaped??

Hamaad Feb 16, 2017 06:57pm

Those that escaped will regroup and come back with more determination. We need to be one up with better strategy and more competence.

Sukhera Feb 16, 2017 07:07pm

Poor planning and totally incompetent CTD raid party. Why 3-4 individuals escapped? There should be an inquiry on why this raid failed and how we can improve our operations. There is no excuse for such a botched operation. No wonder terrorists are striking us from all sides.

SK Feb 16, 2017 07:25pm

I have a few genuine queries as under- 1. If the CTD did not have proper night vision gear, then why did they raid at night. 2. When there were 10 militants then why was the arms & ammunitions captured so less? 3. Considering that CTD had information & hence I assume that they must have taken sizeable team along, why were they not able to arrest anyone alive when terrorists were so low on arms & ammo? Catching even a single one alive would have helped a lot.

Mahmood Feb 16, 2017 08:26pm

Punjab CTD is doing a great job Keep it up

Chandra Feb 16, 2017 08:55pm

One observation is immediately after terrorist activities, bunch of 'suspects' are killed. If such intelligence is available to immediately locate suspects, why not to use it to avoid such tragic incident in first place!

zak Feb 17, 2017 01:54am

Not enough, go all the way to foreign countries and cut of their heads there.

ABDULRAHMAn Feb 17, 2017 04:50am

Night vision glasses are required immediately and air defence personnel should put on alert. This is very sensitive time. The terrorist plan and hide in the nights and carry out their heinous act in the day time. Catch them in the night and kill them. Scientist should produce nigh vision glasses so that the army can carry out their tasks effectively. Anyone suspect should be stopped at 40 feet distance to take of the cloths. Now even blasts and terrorist attacks stop - the operation against them must not stop until the last terrorist is killed. the terrorists are alert and may hide in local area as well. Find them. Not an easy task but efforts must be taken relentlessly.

Truth Feb 17, 2017 07:25pm

@The end is near What has been done by our civilian Governments to change terror mindset, which is also essential part of NAP. Nothing except rhetoric / catchy slogans. Unless terror mindset is changed and terror financing is blocked, you cannot eliminate terror.