Islamabad, Aug 12: Security forces in Pakistan foiled a terror bid by arresting a Taliban gang in Port city of Karachi ahead of Independence-Day, media reported.
Security forces nabbed a group of Taliban terrorist who were planning to sabotage Independence Day celebrations, Geo TV reported citing a statement issued by ISPR.
The arrested terrorists include Naib Amir (deputy chief) in Karachi of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat, Bakht Zaman among others.
They were planning the attack for some time and had prepared an explosive-laden vehicle and a motor cycle which they were to blow up on Youme Azadi (Independence Day) celebrations on Aug 14.
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Security agencies continued surveillance of the gang for weeks before the operation was launched simultaneously on August 9 in Karachi and Hyderabad to arrest the terrorists.
An explosives-laden vehicle and a motorcycle was were also recovered from them.
In June last year the military launched operation Zarb-e-Azab against Taliban strongholds in Pakistan's tribal northwest aimed at ending the bloody insurgency that has plagued the country for more than a decade.
The offensive intensified after December last year when Taliban militants attacked a school in Peshawar and killed over 150 people - mostly children.