Counter Terrorism Department detained 2 Islamic State ultras in Pakistan’s Punjab

Two Islamic State terrorists have been arrested in Pakistan’s Punjab province by counterterrorism officials, police said on Wednesday.

According to the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police, a raid was carried out on the railway line near the Vehari district vegetable market some 330 km from here on Tuesday.

“Two terrorists from the outlawed organization ISIS (Islamic State) identified as Muhammad Asif Nadeem and Muhammad Nawaz have been arrested. They were planning to attack vital installations,” the CTD said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

He said that a hand grenade, rifle, pistol, bullets, explosive material, flags and ISIS leaflets were recovered from them.

One case was filed under terrorism charges.

Earlier this month, law enforcement claimed they foiled a terrorist attack on places of worship and arrested two terrorists from the ISIS terror group in Khanewal, about 300 km from here.

Two hand grenades, two pistols, ammunition and flags of the Islamic State had been recovered there.

Pakistani government officials and ministers have been in denial mode about the presence of ISIS in the country. They deny that the global terror group has sleeper cells in different parts of the country.

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