CHAKWAL Police and security forces in a search operation Saturday recovered bodies of an Army Major and four officials of Military Intelligence (MI) who were killed by terrorists in Choa Saidan Shah area of Chakwal district. Reportedly, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Commander Dr Arshad and his accomplices had abducted an army Maj named Muhammad Haroon from Mandi Bahaudin and brought him to Pir Chunbbal Hills in the Salt Range where other terrorists were also present. The terrorists learnt that four MI officials were on mission to locate them to secure the release of the kidnapped major. The terrorists reportedly were demanding release of 20 terrorists arrested during military operation in the tribal areas along the Afghanistan border. But smelling the threat, they found and killed these four MI officials as well as the kidnapped major. Police and security officials later found the dead bodies of all these five men during an 8-hour search operation in which a helicopter of Army Aviation was also used in the operation. However, military sources say that the helicopter was not used for firing, but to lift the bodies of those killed in the operation. The bodies were then shifted to Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Earlier, in the day rumours kept circulating that the police was carrying out a large operation to hunt down the militants and that they have also killed five terrorist in the fighting. But later it transpired that police was just searching for the bodies of the killed army officials and the terrorists had already left the area. Large number of police from districts Chakwal and Jhelum took part in the search operation. According to another account kidnapped Muhammad Haroon was a retired Army Major who was serving as security incharge at Gharibwal Cement Factory. Earlier reports also said it was an incident of kidnapping for ransom. Quoting intelligence sources, BBC said the action was taken after the militants abducted four MI personnel a few days back and demanded release of over 20 of their colleagues who were arrested during operation in tribal area. According to INP news agency, Maj Afaq of Military Intelligence was also among the casualties.