Three held as FC foils terror bid to disrupt elections in Balochistan

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan arrested three suspected militants belonging to banned outfits as it foiled terror bid to disrupt peaceful conduct of general elections.

“FC conducted multiple IBOs [intelligence based operations] in different areas of Dera Bugti, Sui and Chaman,” said an official statement on Tuesday.

“One prepared improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered which was destroyed in Situ,” the statement added. “Moreover, a huge cache of explosives, arms and ammunition were also recovered.”

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The recovered items included: explosives weighing six kilogrammes, huge quantity of 120mm and 81mm, mortar bombs, RPG-7 rockets, hand grenades, Kalakof, sub-machine gun (SMG), pistol alongside huge quantity of ammunition, 255 rounds of sniper rifle, large number of fuses used in preparation of IEDs and accessories of 14.5 gun and China light machine gun (LMG).

Last week, security agencies claimed killing Mufti Hidayatullah, the purported mastermind of the Mastung suicide blast and Balochistan chief of Da’esh.

The Mastung carnage earlier this month claimed the lives of at least 150 persons, including Nawabzada Siraj Raisani.

An official request has also been made through a written letter to Islamabad’s DRO

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