Pakistan claims it foiled al-Qaeda attack at Christmas ceremony
Pakistani authorities today claimed to have foiled a terrorist attack at a Christmas ceremony in Punjab province, and arrested four al-Qaeda terrorists. According to the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), it got credible information that four terrorists belonging to al-Qaeda were present near Francis Abad, Sheikhupura road, Gujranwala, some 80km from Lahore. "They were planning to attack a Christmas function in Gujranwala city," it said.
Arrested terrorists disclosed other plans of al-Qaeda in Pakistan: Official
A CTD team along with police raided their hideout, and arrested the four terrorists identified as Muhammad Tua Seen, Muhammad Junaid, Muneer Ahmed, and Taaj Muhammad Shah. "The terrorists have made important disclosures regarding other plans of the al-Qaeda in Pakistan. Raids are being conducted to arrest their accomplices also," a CTD spokesman said in a statement today.
Terrorists shifted to undisclosed location for further investigation
The CTD team have recovered explosive material and ammunition from the terrorists. They have been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation, said the official. The state's Counter Terrorism Department recently arrested a member of the al-Qaeda from Lahore.