Punjab CTD arrests 5 alleged terrorists during operations across province.

The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested five alleged terrorists during 21 intelligence-based operations in various districts of the province, the CTD spokesperson said on Saturday.

In an official statement issued today, the CTD spokesperson said the alleged terrorists - arrested after interrogating 22 suspects - were identified as Inamul Haque, Maskeenullah, Wahid Khan, Sher Naqib and Shah Wali.

He added that they belonged to various banned religious organisations, including the proscribed militant group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

The CTD statement said the terrorists had 'planned to sabotage the province and wanted to target important installations and other religious places'.

The spokesperson said that weapons and explosives were recovered from the arrested suspects - including an improvised explosive device bomb, half a kilogramme of explosive material, 0.6 metres of safety fuse wire, 1.8m primacord, two hand grenades and two detonators.

Other electric items were seized as well, including an electric circuit, an electric button, 0.9m of electric wire and a battery. Five books and a receipt book of a banned organisation, two mobile phones, and cash worth Rs17,230 were also taken into custody, the statement added.

The CTD statement highlighted that the department had...

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