LAHORE – The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have gunned down four alleged Tehreek-e-Taliban terrorists in an encounter near Sagian Bridge, hours after an explosion ripped through the area killing one on Monday.
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According to the CTD, after the road blast, police were deployed at all entry and exit points of Lahore to stave off any further threats.
As police approached a vehicle for a search at check point, armed men inside the vehicle opened fire, according to CTD officials.
A senior official of the department described that police effectively responded, and in retaliatory fire, four terrorists were killed, while three others managed to flee the scene due to darkness, a CTD official said further.
The law enforcer claimed to have seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the custody of the slain terrorists who are believed to be affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
After the operation, a heavy contingent of police was called in the area to launch search operations to apprehend the accomplices of the slain terrorists.
The operation was started after a truck bomb exploded on the outfall road in which at least one person was killed and 33 were left injured.
According to the rescue officials, a body was found in the debris of a nearby house impacted by the explosion. The deceased was identified as Amanat Ali, a resident of Kamoke.