Lahore (Staff Report): Ten terrorists, involved in a suicide blast on Lahore's Mall Road, were killed in exchange of fire with Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Manawan area of Lahore in the early hours of Saturday.
According to details, at least 14 people, including senior police officers, were martyred on February 13 when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore where hundreds of chemists had gathered to protest a new drug regulation.
The powerful explosion also left over 50 people injured. The martyrs included DIG Traffic Capt (R) Mobin and SSP Zahid Mehmood Gondal.
CTD personnel had arrested an alleged facilitator identified as Anwarul Haq a few days after the attack. The law enforcers also apprehended some other suspects on Haq's identification.
According to CTD personnel, Anwarul Haq was being taken to Manawan - a suburban area of Lahore - for recovery of explosives when nine of his accomplices ambushed the CTD team. In the ensuing exchange of fire, 10 terrorists were killed including the facilitators of the attack.
CTD personnel stated that the deceased terrorists were affiliated with banned outfit Jamaatul Ahrar.
Arms and explosives were also recovered from the scene that had belonged to the deceased terrorists.