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'Major' Easter Sunday attack nipped in the bud by Pakistan army

Security forces also arrested a woman and seized suicide jackets and explosives. (File photo) Photograph: (Zee News Network)

AFP Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Apr 15, 2017, 01.58 PM (IST)

A major terrorist attack was foiled by the Pakistani army in Lahore, after a suspected militant was killed and a woman arrested during an overnight military operation.

Lahore, the country's cultural capital, was the scene of a bloody attack on Easter Sunday in 2016 when at least 75 people were killed and over 300 wounded.

"A major terrorist attack planned for Easter in Lahore tomorrow was successfully foiled by intelligence agencies," a military statement said.

The army did not mention the affiliation of the militant.

The security forces also impounded suicide jackets and explosives.

Pakistan television agency Dunya News identified the slain militant as Tariq.

But nipping the terror plot took the army several hours into the night before they could kill the militant. Four soldiers were injured during the overnight raid which took place near Punjab Housing Society.

Pakistan suffered a surge of violent attacks in February that killed 130 people and shook citizens, who had been emboldened by a tentative sense of growing security.

The attacks included a bomb blast in Lahore on February 13 which killed 14 people in an assault claimed by Pakistani Taliban faction.

Seven people were also killed and 19 wounded in the city during a Taliban suicide attack targeting a census team on April 5.  

The renewed violence has dented optimism after the country appeared to be making strong gains in its decade-and-a-half long war on militancy, with analysts speaking of a militant resurgence.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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