Layyah - Police killed three Al-Qaeda terrorists in a shootout in Layyah, thwarting a major terror attack, an official claimed yesterday.

According to a Counter-Terrorism Department spokesman, a team of police personnel last night raided a house in Azam Chowk in Layyah district, some 350-km from Lahore. The terrorists present in the house opened fire. The police returned the fire killing three terrorists, he said.

“Three of their accomplices, however, managed to escape,” he said, adding that huge quantity of explosives was recovered from the house.

“The slain terrorists belonged to Al-Qaeda. The law enforcement agencies have thwarted a major terrorist attack in the province,” he said.