Terrorism & Insurgency

Involvement of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba in attempted attack on Pakistani PM raises terrorism risks in Punjab

23 July 2014


After an extended gun battle on 18 July, Lahore police arrested two suspects whom they claim were involved in planning a major terrorist attack.

The incident took place on the Raiwind Road, just 3 kilometres (km) from the private estate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. At least two police officers were killed and six others injured during the shootout. According to police sources, the suspects admitted to planning and reconnoitring the area for a potential attack on Sharif. They also admitted to having received training from Kashmiri militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), which has traditionally not carried out attacks within Pakistan, focusing its efforts in India; LeT was most famously responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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