Pakistan: CTD arrests six militants in Lahore, Rawalpindi

The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) busted a network of Afghanistan-based banned militant organisations in separate intelligence based operations (IOBs) carried out in Rawalpindi and Lahore.

A well-placed source said the banned militant organisations based in Afghanistan had changed their strategy to hit their targets in Pakistan. Instead of dispatching militants from the neighbouring country, they were hiring anti-social elements from northern areas and other parts of Pakistan to carry out terrorist activities here, he said.

The source said the CTD managed to trace the new network and made important arrests from the two main cities of Punjab.

A Punjab CTD spokesperson said in an IBO conducted in Rawalpindi, four suspects allegedly involved in a grenade blast and installing an improvised explosive device (IED) in Rawalpindi in 2020-21 were arrested. The arrested suspects had also carried out Gunjmandi grenade blast, he added.

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Source: The Dawn