Post Lahore Blast: Five Terrorists Killed, Over 600 Suspects Arrested

Around 74 people were killed and over 300 others injured in the blast that hit the crowded Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.

Published: 30th March 2016 01:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2016 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

Pakistan Blast_Mukh (4)

ISLAMABAD: At least five terrorists were killed and over 600 suspects arrested in an extensive operation launched by security forces across Pakistan's Punjab province following Sunday's suicide blast in Lahore, media reports said on Tuesday.

At least 74 people, including 29 children, were killed and over 300 others injured in the blast that hit the crowded Gulshan-e-Iqbal park on Sunday evening. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Citing Urdu TV channel Dunya, Xinhua said the five terrorists, belonging to a banned militant group, were killed in two separate shootouts with security forces during search operations in Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts in southern Punjab.

According to reports, at least 250 suspects were detained in Sialkot, 200 in Gujranwala, 80 in Faisalabad, 34 in Rahim Yar Khan, 18 in Kasur, 10 in Bhakkar, six in Attock and one in Bahawalpur, while several others were arrested from other parts of the province.

Security forces launched the operation on Sunday night after army chief General Raheel Sharif chaired a high-level meeting of military officials and directed the commanders to start a quick operation to bring the terrorists and their facilitators to justice.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an address to the nation on Monday had reiterated the government's resolve to wipe out the menace of terrorism from the country.

A spokesperson of the Inter-Services Public Relations said a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered during the operations.

Punjab's Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told the media on Tuesday that at least 160 operations have been conducted so far.

More from World.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp