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Pakistan army kills mastermind of Lahore suicide attack in shell firing

India TV News Desk Rawalpindi 24 Feb 2017, 7:49:01 IST
India TV News Desk

Conducting targeted strikes across the Afghan border, Pakistan army has succeeded in killing two high-profile terrorists affiliated with terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, including the Lahore attack mastermind, media reports said.

According to security sources, those killed included Wajihullah alias Ahrar, who was the brain behind the recent suicide attack in Lahore and earlier incidents in Punjab, Geo TV reported.

Sources added that Wajihullah was sponsored by a hostile intelligence agency for terrorist activities in Pakistan.

On February 13, at least 14 people, including senior police officers, were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself near Lahore's Charing Cross, where hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.

Another terrorist killed by the army was Hikmat alias Qari Zubair, who was in-charge of terrorist transit camp in Afghanistan and coordinator for terrorist operations in Pakistan, sources said.

On February 23, seven people were killed and 20 others injured in a powerful explosion that ripped through a building in a defence locality in Lahore.

On February 16, a suicide bomber killed 88 people at a famed Sufi shrine in Sindh province. Following the attack, the army launched an offensive against militants and claimed to have killed more than 130 terrorists across the country.