Militants clash with militants in Lahore, 1 police commando, 1 terrorist killed

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:58

Lahore: A police commando and a Taliban terrorist were killed in a 10-hour gun battle between security forces and militants holed up in a house, about two kilometers away from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s residence here.

Another militant was captured alive in the operation launched by the police in Raiwind area of the city around 2am local time on the tip that some terrorists were holed up in a a double-storey house, Superintendent Police Zahid Nawaz said.

"A terrorist has been killed while his accomplice captured. The captured terrorist is injured and shifted to hospital for treatment," Lahore police` acting chief Zulfiqar Hameed told reporters after the operation ended.

As police surrounded the house, the terrorists present there opened fire and?threw hand grenades.

Five commandos sustained bullet injuries and were shifted to Jinnah Hospital where one of them - Muhammad Afzal - succumbed to his injuries.

Hameed said the killed terrorist had been identified as Ahsan Mahboob of Okara district of Punjab province, some 200 kilometers from Lahore.

A rifle, two Kalashnikovs, hand grenades, suicide jackets, two motorcycles and Jihadi literature had been recovered from the two-storey house, he said.

"We will interrogate the injured terrorist once he gets well. It appears both the terrorists are the members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and wanted to target high profile personalities," Hameed said.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashhood did not rule out the possibility that the Prime Minister`s residence was the target of the terrorists.

"As the prime minister`s residence is not far away from the house where the terrorists were holed up it appears that it could be their prime target," Mashhood said.

There were reports that terrorists would strike in other cities in reaction to the military operation in North Waziristan, he said.

After an intense exchange of fire, the police commandos finally managed to break into the house and kill one terrorist while capture another.

The commandos made victory signs and opened fire in the air in jubilation after the 10-hour long operation.

Nawaz said only two terrorists were present in the compound and no one escaped.

Prime Minister Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif congratulated the police for their bravery.

First Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:58

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