Huge cache of explosives seized in Quetta


QUETTA: 

The Frontier Corps (FC) on Tuesday night seized a huge quantity of explosives, including remote control bombs and other material used in crafting explosives.

Commandant Ghaza band Scout, a wing of the Frontier Corps, Colonel Maqbool told reporters that the FC foiled an attempt to carry out a major terrorist attack in the provincial capital and recovered a huge quantity of explosive material as it raided a godown in Satellite Town area.

Colonel Maqbool said they captured over 100,000kg of explosive material that included potassium chloride, aluminum, 9 remote control bombs along with other complete material, 3 bundles of detonators, 78 bundles of circuit wires, 2,800kg sulfur, 15,000kg aluminum powder and 80 drums of acid. He said that FC troops raided the godown on the information provided by two persons who were arrested on Monday night along a truck as they were transferring a truckload of potassium chloride and aluminum.

Maqbool said at least 10 suspected militants had been arrested and handed over to the concerned authorities for interrogation. “The same material was used in huge explosions carried out in different areas of Quetta that claimed over 200 casualties early this year,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2013.