Eight al Qaeda TTP terrorists planning to carry out strikes in Shujaabad near Multan have been killed by a Counter Terrorism Squad during a raid of suspect’s house.

Eight terrorists, affiliated with al Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in a joint encounter by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Police and intelligence agencies in Tonmi Road area of Dera Ghazi Khan District. The CTD spokesman said that terrorists were planning to carry out attacks in Shujaabad town near Multan on the eve of Ashura (10th day of Muharram).

According to details, when a CTD team raided the suspects’ hideout they opened fire and hurled hand-grenades at the personnel. “The CTD team retaliated in self-defence. When the firing stopped, eight terrorists were found dead,” the spokesman added. Three of their accomplices escaped.

Separately, more than 10 Shia mourners were injured when armed assailants affiliated with Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama’at (ASWJ) opened fire at Ashura procession in Kotli Loharana Mashriqi area of Sialkot District on October 12, reports defense.

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