Damascus: Twin bombs killed 44 people in the Old City of Damascus on Saturday, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital.
Imam Hussein Holy Shrine has announced the completion of the preparations for setting off for Pakistan in order to hold the annual Cultural Week festival.
A police statement said the militants were killed when counter-terrorism forces raided their hideout about 56 kilometers (35 miles) west of Lahore, the capital of Punjab, during the early hours of Sunday.
Police said the militants were killed by bullets from their own comrades.
"When the firing stopped, seven terrorists were found dead by the firing of their own accomplices and the remaining escaped in the darkness of the night," the statement read.
The militants were reportedly affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a notorious anti-Shia terrorist group known as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
Some of the militants had been involved in subversive activities, including multiple attacks on Pakistani security forces, according to the police statement.
The LeJ terrorist group, which has been involved in several attacks on Shia Muslims in recent years, is largely funded by Saudi Arabia. It has claimed responsibility for some of the most brazen attacks on the Shia community in Pakistan's recent history, including a January 2013 bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta, where over 100 members of the Hazara community were killed.
The group has also been involved in an attack on the Iranian Cultural Center in Multan, the assassination of Iranian diplomat Sadeq Ganji in the city of Lahore, and the killing of Iranian Air Force cadets visiting Pakistan in the 1990s.
Human rights groups say the Islamabad government must take decisive actions against forces involved in the targeted killings of Shia Muslims. The Shia community also accuses Islamabad of failing to provide proper security for the Muslims.
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