CTD Punjab detains 12 terrorists linked to TTP, Al Qaeda

The Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday detained 12 alleged terrorists who are members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the outlawed Al-Qaeda, according to a statement.

A “covert operation” from three province-wide cities, including Lahore, where three “terrorists” were apprehended “nearby a sensitive region,” was also mentioned in the statement.

The terrorist network “intended to conduct subversive acts in critical districts,” the CTD official claimed.

The statement further stated that materials for suicide vests and explosives were found on the alleged terrorists.

The CTD reported that they were identified while questioning 61 suspects. Inquiries had been launched following the filing of a complaint against them, it added.

According to the CTD, 797 combing operations were carried out this week, leading to the arrest of 159 individuals.

No effort would be spared, according to the CTD, in putting a stop to terrorist elements.

According to a report recently published by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), militant attacks increased in February of this year, but fewer people were killed as a result than in January.

According to the report, there were four reported militant assaults in Punjab that resulted in two fatalities and eight injuries, while there were three reported militant strikes in Sindh that resulted in 10 fatalities and 18 injuries.