Lahore operation: Militant, security official killed in 10-hour long battle

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 9:55:56 by



LAHORE: A 10-hour long fierce battle between security forces and suspected militants in Lahore left one attacker and one Elite Force official dead, Express News reported on Thursday.

The clash began at around 2am when security forces started a search operation in Arayian village on Raiwind road on a tip-off. The suspected militants fired at members of police and Rangers present in the area and injured five officials.

The security forces retaliated and later entered the building to arrest the attackers. However, one of the attackers had died, while the other was taken into custody.

1:12pm

The dead militant has been identified as Ahsan Mehmood. He was a resident of Okara.

Mehmood’s accomplices were arrested earlier in Okara and had informed police about the presence of militants in the house.

Police have now confirmed that one suspected militant was killed while another was injured during the operation.

Kalashnikov, hand grenade and bullets are recovered from the house.

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12:24pm

Minister for Anti-Terrorism Colonel Shuja Khanzada, while speaking to the media, says the attackers were locals and that there were no women or children present inside the house.

“The suspected militants had been residing in the house for 1.5 months,” he says.

The minister adds that attackers were likely part of a bigger network.

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12:10pm

Police have cordoned off the house and an initial search of the building has started.

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12:00pm

One of the militants was reportedly killed during the initial attack by security forces. The other attacker was killed when Elite Force members entered the house.

Sources tell Express News that a third militant was arrested from inside the building.

An Express News screengrab showing the injured militant being taken away by police and rescue officials.

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11:53am

Two suspected militants – hiding inside the house – have been killed in the final attack. The militants were between the ages of 24 and 30 years.

Security officials have cleared the house and the operation has now ended, however, a search in still under way.

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11:47am

Security officers have entered the house and taken position on the rooftop.

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11:37am

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is being constantly updated about the progress of the operation.

Express News reports that security officials have thrown hand grenades inside the house.

Around 40 to 50 security officials are actively engaged in the final attack, trying to get inside the house.

An Express News screengrab of security officials taking position outside the house.

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11:23am

Security forces start the final attack and throw tear gas shells inside the house as they prepare to enter the building.

The suspected militants retaliate by firing at security forces.

An Express News screengrab of smoke coming out of the house after security forces threw tear gas shells inside it.

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11:10am

Suspected militants continue to fire at security officials from inside the house.

The two-storey house is located in the Firdous Colony of Arayian village on Raiwind road.

SP Saddar Malik Awais tells Express News that situation is still unclear and he can’t give exact details.

“We have not entered the house and cannot say how many suspected militants are inside the house,” he says.

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10:55am

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif pays tribute to the dead and injured security officials and orders best medical assistance for them.

“The official sacrificed his life for Pakistan and the nation is proud of him,” he says.

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10:36am

Police say the suspected militants might have suicide jackets in their possession.

Six security officials have been injured in the clash so far. One of the injured is a Rangers official.

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10:30am

Security forces are reportedly using delaying tactics to exhaust the suspected militants.

Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) say the operation is 85% complete and has entered its final stage.

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10:22am

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence in Raiwind is just a few kilometers away from this area.

Sources tell Express News that the house is owned by a man named Dr Manzoor. Intelligence agency officers have reportedly arrested the owner for interrogation. Dr Manzoor is said to be a farmer and lives in a nearby village.

Police express fear that there could be explosive material inside the house.

An Express News screengrab of a map showing the distance between PM Nawaz’s residence in Raiwind and the house in Arayian village.

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10:15am

More security personnel have been called in for back up.

Residents tells Express News that three men, a woman and a few children resided in the house. They had reportedly moved in six months ago.

The suspected militants are feared dead, however, security forces have not confirmed their deaths as yet.

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10:08am

The operation which started at 2am still continues after eight hours of on-and-off exchange of fire between security forces and militants.

Firing starts again after a lull of three hours.

An Express News screengrab of police officials present in the area.

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10:01am

Federal Minister Khanzada says security forces are not intensifying the operation as they want to arrest the suspected militants alive.

An Express News screengrab of Shuja Khanzada. 

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9:57am

Security officers are using megaphones to communicate with the suspected militants.

Police have also urged residents of the area to remain inside their houses.

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9:53am

Minister for Anti-Terrorism Colonel Shuja Khanzada says women and children are also present inside the house.

The militants have fired three rockets at the security forces.

Security personnel have cordoned off the entire area and also laid siege to the house.

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9:44am

The exchange of fire between security forces and suspected militants has stopped, however, the house has not been cleared as yet.

High officials of two intelligence agencies are leading the operation.

The total number of injured personnel has reached five.

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7:00am

An Elite Force official was killed and another was injured when security forces and militants traded fire during the search operation in Lahore.

While talking to The Express Tribune, an official associated with the operation revealed that the exchange of fire began when security forces along started a search operation in Arayian village on a tip-off.

The suspected militants – allegedly equipped with heavy weaponry including grenades, rocket launchers and explosive devices – opened fire on security forces from inside a house.

At least two blasts were reportedly heard during the four-hour long operation in the area.

Security officials said they had sought reinforcements to aid in their operation. The DIG operation has also set Lahore’s security on high alert.

SP Rao Anwar added that, “the operation is being conducted jointly” by security forces.

He urged the villagers to cooperate.






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