Rawalpindi - Islamabad police along with other law-enforcement agencies rounded up some 10 terrorists from twin cities in covert operations and recovered 4 suicide vests and arms from them in the first week of June 2016.

However, the news was not shared with media to avoid fear and panic among the residents, well-placed sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

According to sources, Islamabad police following the information of intelligence agencies that 8 terrorists had entered the federal capital to target sensitive installations or important personalities, had beefed up the security to track the terrorists. They added that the top guns of Islamabad police and high-ups of security departments divided the law-enforcement agencies into four divisions assigning them the batch numbers 8, 19, 20 and 21 and tasking to round up the suspected terrorists.

“The four divisions of LEAs comprising officials of Islamabad police, Special Branch, intelligence agencies and Elite Force were being supervised by four officers of SP rank but all the process was being monitored by top command of Pakistan Army,” they said. The four divisions of LEAs were ordered to spread in every nook and corner of the capital and pull out the hiding terrorists, sources said.

Sources said that the LEAs along with police started conducting search operations in the federal capital round the clock to nab the suspected terrorists. Sources said that a team of LEAs carried out a search operation at Katchi Abadi located between FAST University and Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI) and managed to arrest four terrorists from there. The LEAs also recovered four suicide vests from the terrorists and had shifted them to unknown location for further investigation.

Sources claimed that during course of investigation the detainees revealed to the investigators that their six more accomplices had been staying in area of Chakra, Rawalpindi.

Taking action, a raid was also conducted on the hideout by the LEAs and six more terrorists along with weapons were picked up from Chakra. Nonetheless, the successful operations and arrest of terrorists had been kept secret from media, sources said. Inspector General of Islamabad Police (IGP) Tariq Masood Yasin did not respond to a questionnaire sent by this correspondent about the issue.

Earlier, the IGP had told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that police had thwarted a terror attempt with the surveillance cameras installed recently in the city under Safe City Project. He said that some 13 terrorists were supposed to attack a university and a five-star hotel in the federal capital.

On the other hand, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had expressed his annoyance over the statement of IGP Tariq Masood Yasin regarding terrorists.