Pakistani police said on Saturday 10 militants from Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, died in a gun battle in Lahore, including a key facilitator of a February blast that left 13 people dead. In the retaliatory fire, 10 terrorists were killed including the facilitators of the attack, reported Geo TV.
The terrorists were involved in a deadly suicide bombing in February which killed 15 people, including two senior police officers, officials of the Counter Terrorism Department or CTD said.
According to a spokesman for the CTD, a team from Lahore was taking five arrested suspects, including Haq, to Manawan for seizing weapons and explosives when they were attacked at about 1.15am near Ring Road by nine "terrorists".
Police had arrested main facilitator Anwarul Haq with the help of CCTV and nabbed his other accomplices from tribal area of Bajaur.
Ten days later a fresh blast sent panic through the city when it killed eight people, though officials later said it was a gas leak, not an attack as initially feared.
Four other slain men were identified as Abdullah, Imam Shah, Atta-ur-Rehman, and Irfan Khan, while identity of other deceased could not be ascertained.