LAHORE - Pakistan Rangers Punjab claimed on Thursday to have arrested five suspects during a search operation against terrorists.

Spokesman for Rangers said that operation was conducted along with CTD, police and intelligence agencies called joint search operation, in revering areas of Mandi Bahauddin on Thursday. The operation was aimed against terrorists and their facilitators.

During operation, five individuals accused of facilitating terrorists were apprehended and huge quantity of illegal, automatic weapons and ammunition were recovered. Further investigation is underway.

Agencies add: Operation Raddul Fasaad is successfully underway across the country.

A joint search operation was carried out by Punjab Rangers, Counter Terrorism Department, police and intelligence agencies in several areas of Mandi Bahauddin on Thursday.

During the search operation of these areas, the security forces arrested five suspects. They were allegedly involved in facilitation of terrorists, being part of terror activities in the country. The suspects were apprehended and transferred to an unknown location for detailed interrogation.

Police, Rangers and CTD officials seized illegal weapons from these suspects. Their hideouts contained illegal automatic weapons and ammunition.

Earlier, a huge cache of weapons was recovered during search operation in several regions of Khyber Agency. The ISPR said that the security forces launched intelligence based operations (IBOs) in Akka Khel, Guli Khel and Ghaibi. The security personnel recovered sub machine guns (SMGs), improvised explosive devices (IED) and fuses, from the hideouts.

Pakistan Army told their operations aimed indiscriminating eliminating residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders.