RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday issued further details of intelligence based operation at Mustung in Balochistan during which 12 hardcore terrorists were killed.
According to details, security forces killed 12 hardcore terrorists including two suicide bombers during the operation that was conducted from 1st to 3rd June.
The successful operation foiled any attempts of establishing any direct or indirect ISIS organized infrastructure in Balochistan.
There were reports of ten to 15 terrorists of a banned outfit Lashrake-Jhangivi Al-Almi hiding in caves near Mastung making efforts for communication with ISIS (Daish) and intending to facilitate establishment of ISIS foothold in Balochistan.
According to ISPR, operation for physical clearance of target area, spread over 10 kilometers, started early morning 1st June by landing of heliborne force. Operation continued for three days. Terrorists who were hiding in caves offered stiff resistance.
250 meter long gorge with steep heights and multiple caves made the clearance operation difficult and challenging. Intelligence and Security Forces personnel fought valiantly to clear the hideout by 3rd June, ISPR said.
During exchange of fire, 12 hardcore terrorists including 2 suicide bombers were killed. The suicide bomber used against Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri on 12 May was also sent by this group from same hideout.
Five security forces personnel including two officers also got injured in the operation.
The forces destroyed IED making facility inside cave and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has appreciated effort of Southern Command, Intelligence Agencies and the troops for this successful operation.
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