A major terror plot ahead of Muharram was foiled on Saturday morning when at least five suspected terrorists including Kala Qari, a banned organisation’s commander, were killed during clash with the counter-terrorism force in Sheikhpura district.
According to reports, the law enforcement personnel conducted a raid on a tip-off regarding presence of terrorists inside a farmhouse near Khanpur canal. The security personnel faced armed resistance as they entered the premises and five terrorists including Kala Qari and Kashif alias Kashi were killed during exchange of fire.
According to sources, commander Kala Qari was involved in major terror incidents including assassination of former minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti and chief surgeon Brigardier Mushtaq. He was also involved in attacks on ex-minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and NATO vehicles near Rawat and Tarnol.
Sources further told that killed terrorists belonged to al-Qaeda. The counter-terrorism force was informed by the intelligence agencies that this group was planning major attacks in Lahore and Sheikhpura on the occasion of Muharram-ul-Haram.
Their bodies have been shifted to DHQ Sheikhpura for post-mortem.