Pakistan: Nine terrorists killed in Punjab

Nine suspected terrorists were killed in an encounter with the Counter-Terrorism Department early Wednesday in Pakistan's punjab province, an official statement said.

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Islamabad, Nov 2: Nine suspected terrorists were killed in an encounter with the Counter-Terrorism Department early Wednesday in Pakistan's punjab province, an official statement said.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) received information that a cell of 13-14 "Al-Qaeda terrorists" was hiding in Sheikhupura district of the province to "launch attacks on police personnel in and around Lahore", the statement said.

Nine terrorists killed in Pakistan

The CTD raided a place in Kheroki Malian in the early hours of Wednesday to arrest the suspects.

"In response, the terrorists started firing at CTD officials and divided themselves into 2-3 small groups. The CTD team took cover and retaliated in self defence. When the firing stopped, nine terrorists were found dead, killed by firing of own accomplices, whereas 4-5 succeeded in fleeing from the scene in darkness," the CTD statement said.

The CTD recovered 6 kg of explosive material, prima cord, four Kalashnikov rifles, five pistols, five motorcycles, and bullets from the scene.

IANS

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