CTD unearths network of Islamic state (IS) in Lahore, Rawalpindi

Islamabad: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) spokesman said that the Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) raided an alleged Islamic state (IS) known as Daesh hideout at village Sanj outskirts of Murree on Friday morning. After cordoned off the area the security officials asked the culprits to surrender but they refused to do so. The terrorists opened fire at the Counter-Terrorism Department officials and also hurled hand grenades at them. The Counter-Terrorism Department officials responded in which an alleged militant, who has been identified as Ihsan Satti, was killed by the firing of CTD personals, while one of his associates Imran Satti managed to escape and fled from the house. During the exchange of fire, two CTD officials were also injured.

The CTD spokesman claimed that the terrorists were planning attacks on media houses in Karachi, adding that the militants were allegedly involved in an attack on a police check post in Islamabad’s I-9 area. The encounter came a day after CTD collared eight ISIS suspects in Lahore. The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab claimed on Thursday that it busted a cell of the militant Islamic State (IS) group operating in Lahore and arrested eight suspects along with their ringleader.

Some members of the Daesh cell had already travelled to Syria and Afghanistan while some were preparing to leave when the raid took place, said a CTD spokesman, using the Arabic acronym for the militant group. The CTD also recovered IS literature, laptops and mobile phones from the suspects.

The spokesman claimed that the CTD had been “working” on the cell for last three months but arrested the suspects on Nov 16 as they were readying to leave for Syria and Afghanistan. Nabeel alias Abu Abdullah of Lahore was the lynchpin of the group in Punjab while Qari Abid, who is now in Syria, is the main “motivator” who conducted his activities through social media, he said. A First Information Report was lodged in the CTD police station. An investigation of the case is underway, the CTD said.

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