More than 100 tonnes of explosive material seized in Quetta raid

QUETTA: Paramilitary forces seized more than 100 tonnes of bomb-making chemicals from a truck and a compound near Quetta and detained 10 suspects on Tuesday, officials said.

Paramilitary Colonel Maqbool Ahmed said forces also found wires, detonators and mixers used to prepare bombs out of the chemicals.

“We have arrested 10 people during the raid at the compound and the truck and seized 100.5 tons of explosive material with detonators,” Ahmed said.

Suspects told investigators that potassium chlorate and ammonium chlorate were packed with wires and detonators into vehicles at the compound, said Ahmed.

Balochistan and its capital Quetta are frequently hit by bomb attacks.

The province has been a flashpoint for violence and insurgency.