Police in collaboration with the intelligence agencies launched a search operation in Rachna Town Khan Colony in Sheikhupura district in the wee hours today, some 60 kms from here, following a tip-off that some terrorists were hiding at a house, a Punjab police spokesperson said.

"When police commandos surrounded the house, terrorists present inside opened fire on them. During the exchange of fire, three terrorists were killed while one blew himself up, leaving two policemen and seven others injured," she said.

"The law enforcement agencies have averted a major terror attack in the province by killing these terrorists," the spokesperson said.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital in Sheikhupura from where some of them were referred to another hospital in Lahore for further treatment.

Two terrorists have been captured alive and taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation, police said, adding that three suicide jackets, one rocket launcher, five kalashnikovs, scores of bullets and maps of sensitive and important places were recovered among others from the house.

Further investigations are underway.

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