LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department shot dead six militants belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Shiekhupura on Sunday, official sources said. The sources said three gunmen managed to flee during the encounter which took place after armed assailants opened fire on the CTD officials. The six militants were killed when the officers returned fire. Arms and explosive material was also seized in the operation that took place after midnight. On Thursday, the CTD eliminated eight militants in Dera Ghazi Khan district during a combing operation in Punjab province. Official sources said four hand grenades, an automatic rifle and four pistols were seized during the operation. They said the suspects had plans to target sensitive installations in the province. The Punjab government is carrying out an operation against militants as part of National Action Plan (NAP) to quell militancy and extremism.