LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday claimed to have arrested eight militants affiliated with Islamic State.

According to a CTD spokesperson, the alleged militants were trained in Syria and Afghanistan.

“The terrorists were trying to return to Syria, Afghanistan and Iran,” said the spokesperson.

The CTD had recorded their mobile phones for three months before their arrest, added the spokesperson.

The spokesperson claimed that one of the arrested terrorists identified as Abu Abdullah had been a Daesh commander in Punjab.

A hardened terrorism operative Qari Asif, who is currently operating from Syria, had radicalised the arrested terrorists using social media, claimed the spokesperson.

The arrested men were shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation.