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Security forces in Pakistan have claimed they foiled a major attack on Christians celebrating Easter in Lahore. Ahead of the Easter holiday, security forces raided a terrorist cell they became aware of through a tip. Following a raid, the security forces were able to kill a militant and arrest two of his aids, including a woman. Attacks on Christians during the Easter holiday in Pakistan have almost become routine. In 2015, weeks before the Easter holiday, two churches in Youhanabad were bombed. In 2016, Christian celebrating Easter at a public park were attacked by a suicide bomber. It is good to see Pakistan’s security forces finally taking steps to protect Christians. 

04/16/2017 Pakistan (News18) – Pakistan’s security forces on Saturday claimed to have foiled a “major terror attack” on minority Christians here ahead of Easter after they killed a militant and arrested his two aides, including a woman.

“Security forces (Pakistan Rangers and police) on Saturday conducted a special IBO (intelligence based operation) near Punjab Housing Society, Lahore. A terrorist was killed during the operation while four soldiers and two officers received injuries,” the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.

The terrorists were planning to launch a major terrorist attack during Easter celebrations in Lahore, the statement said.

Two suicide jackets, weapons and explosives have been recovered from the possession of the terrorists.

According to officials, a joint team of security forces conducted Saturday’s raid on a tip off. The team asked the terrorists to surrender but they opened fire on it. In an exchange of fire, a terrorist was killed.

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