QUETTA: The Frontier Corps (FC) and security agencies on Wednesday raided and seized a bomb factory manufacturing suicide jackets and other explosive devices in Chaman, close to the Pak-Afghan border according to a statement released by the FC.
“Security forces also defused a large number of explosive devices and other material used in the manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs),” said Khan Wasey, a spokesperson for the FC.
Arms and explosives seized during the raid include RPG-7 rockets, mortar shells, landmines, IEDs, detonators, detonator cord, ball bearings, wireless communication sets, laptops and other equipment used in the manufacturing of explosives.
The spokesperson also added that security forces successfully defused 120 landmines, 21 mortar shells of different calibres and five bombs during the raid.
The raid was conducted in Rehman Kahol area of Chaman after intelligence was received about the presence of suspected militants at the location.
However, the militants managed to escape prior to the arrival of security forces and no arrests were made, according to Wasey.
“The terrorists were planning to carry out attacks in Chaman and other parts of Balochistan, we have managed to foil a major terror bid,” stated Wasey.
In a separate raid conducted in Balochistan’s Zhob district, which borders the volatile tribal belt and neighbouring Afghanistan, security forces recovered 40kgs of explosives and other weapons.
Security forces have intensified their actions in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.