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Four Suspected Militants Killed In Punjab Operation

Pakistani officials say security forces have raided an Islamist militant hideout near the eastern city of Lahore.

Punjab Home Minister Shujaa Khanzada said three Pakistani Taliban militants were shot and killed in the operation early on June 29 and that a fourth blew himself up.

Two others were wounded and captured during the raid, which took place in the town of Ferozwala in Punjab Province.

Khanzada said the group was planning “attacks on the offices of security forces and important political figures."

He added that police seized a cache of weapons, including AK-47s, rocket launchers, and suicide vests, during the raid.

Pakistan's military launched an offensive on the Pakistani Taliban’s main base in North Waziristan tribal district in June 2014. Officials say many militants have fled to other parts of the country.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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