'No hostage inside militant compound in Raiwind'

LAHORE – Punjab Minister for Anti-Terrorism Shuja Khanzada has said that initial information indicated presence of women and children inside the militant compound at the Araiyan village on Raiwind Road near here on Thursday.

“We started armed operation soon after confirmation that there is no hostage inside (militant) compound,” he said while talking to journalists after completion of the 10-hour long rare armed action in Raiwind area.

Khanzada said that the house was rented two months ago while initial investigation revealed that the terrorists were locals. “They (militants) are bearded and appeared fatigued. One is injured if he recovers we will interrogate him and gain information,” he said.

“There will be terrorism in every city, town and village,” he said referring to the blowback from the North Waziristan military operation. “Terrorists are targeting everyone in Pakistan,” the minister said. Latest weapons including Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and suicide jackets were recovered from the compound.

The provincial police chief confirmed that there were only two terrorists inside the house. One of them has been killed in the action while another captured in injured condition. The police said that the arms and explosives and two motorbikes were recovered from the house when the troops thoroughly searched it.

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