KARACHI - Sindh Rangers claimed to have foiled a major terror bid on the occasion of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) by killing the three militants including two would-be suicide bombers.

“We had already beefed up our security, in collaboration with the other law enforcement agencies after we received intelligence information about the possible terror activity in Karachi as well as rural Sindh on the occasion of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA),” said Sindh Rangers spokesperson.

“The troops deputed at security check point near Bab-e-Karbala Imambargah tried to stop the three suspected militants but they increased their speed to bypass the security and two of them tried to blow themselves up but the troops responded timely and killed all the three militants after an exchange of fire before they could blow themselves up.”

Later, the experts from the bomb disposal squad were immediately called at the scene, who defused the confiscated vests. “The terrorists killed were planning to carryout suicide attacks at Bab-e-Karbala Imambargah in Rohri, a town of Sukkar District in Sindh province,” explained Rangers spokesperson. “There would be a massive loss if they (terrorists) are successful in their terror activity.”

The spokesperson further said that the initial investigation confirmed that imambargah was their target and all the three terrorists killed belonged to the terrorist outfit while the officials were trying to trace their identities and the group of which they were affiliated.

The rural Sindh has been become of hub of terror activities from the last at least couple of years as the militant outfits have strengthened in parts of the rural Sindh including Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Rohri and Sehwan.

Besides targeting the shrines, a bomb targeted a Muharram procession near Shershah Haveli in Jacobabad’s Lashari Muhalla, killed at least 20 people and injuring many others in October 2015 which was claimed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi while at least 61 people were killed and 50 others injured in an explosion at an Imambargah in Shikarpur on January 2015 which was claimed by the militant organization Jundullah.