Multan—Security forces on Thursday said they killed eight al Qaeda militants during a raid in Multan after learning of their plans to attack a local university.
The operation, which officials said was carried out on Wednesday night after an intelligence tip-off, occurred on the city’s outskirts, a spokesperson for the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab disclosed.
“On the basis of the information, a joint team of ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and CTD Multan carried out a raid at the meeting point, near the village of Nawabpur on the bank of the river Chenab in Multan, resulting in intense fire from the militants,” he said.
The CTD official said the militants fired rockets and hand grenades during the encounter, and several were able to escape.
Two of the men who were killed were said to have murdered a senior military officer while another, “Hafiz Abdul Mateen” was accused of masterminding a 2009 attack on a mosque in Rawalpindi that killed around 40 people.
No security officials were said to have been killed or injured in the raids, and authorities are routinely accused by rights groups of staging such encounters to carry out extra-judicial killings of people who are already in custody.