Pakistan’s security forces said on Saturday that they foiled a “major” terror attack on the minority Christian community in Lahore before Easter after killing a militant and arresting his two aides, including a woman.
“Security forces (Pakistan Rangers and police) today conducted a special IBO (intelligence based operation) near Punjab Housing Society, Lahore. A terrorist was killed during the operation while four soldiers and two officers received injuries,” the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.
The terrorists were planning to launch a major terrorist attack during Easter celebrations in Lahore, it said. Two suicide jackets, weapons and explosives have been recovered from the possession of the terrorists.According to officials, a joint team of security forces conducted today’s raid on a tip-off.
The team asked the terrorists to surrender, but they opened fire on it. In an exchange of fire, a terrorist was killed.The team managed to arrest two terror suspects, including a woman.
In 2016, at least 72 people were killed and hundreds wounded after a bomb ripped through a children's play area in Lahore’s Iqbal Park where Christian families were celebrating Easter.Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, had claimed responsibility for the attack.