PESHAWAR: Pakistani paramilitary forces on Sunday raided a house in the northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border and seized up to 500 kilograms of bomb-making material, according to an official.

The raid was carried out in Shahkas village near Jamrud in Khyber tribal region which is close to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

At least 60 bags of potassium chlorate, mortar shells, timers, landmines, detonators, fuses, improvised explosive device circuits and gel explosives were recovered from the basement of the house, Colonel Mohammad Naeem Sarwar told AFP.

A suspect was arrested during the raid, which was carried out after a roadside bomb wounded three civilians in the area on Saturday, he said.

“The site was being used to make bombs for terrorist activities in the cities of Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore,” Sarwar said.

Authorities last week said they had raided a car bomb factory in the southwestern city of Quetta, confiscating more than 100 tonnes of chemicals which had been used in recent attacks.

Pakistan says more than 40,000 people have been killed in attacks by al Qaeda and Taliban-led militants in the last decade.

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Ishtar salim
August 25, 2013 6:38 pm

Good job...keep it up ! No wonder disturbances in LOC has increased....though the present civilian govt has extended hand of friendship as soon as it came to power.

Ali
August 25, 2013 9:48 pm

Bravo- now the question is "How all this went on undetected?" and will this have any affect on the bombing rate. I salute the forces who accomplished the task.

Akram
August 26, 2013 6:24 pm

good work. I'm sure this raid has saved the lives of many people. We need the agencies to roll up the whole group.

US CENTCOM
August 26, 2013 8:21 pm

Another haul of explosives seized. This is very good news for the people of Pakistan and bad news for the terrorists. We commend the Pakistani security forces on a job well done in averting possible attacks on innocent Pakistani. The seized explosives, if gone undedicated, could have caused massive casualties and damage. The pressure is on the terrorists and we fully support our Pakistani friends in their efforts to safeguard their soil and their people from the terrorists whose mission is to keep the region destabilized. Time is near when the terrorist will have no choice but to give up their evil ideologies or feel the wrath of the people and the security forces of Pakistan.

Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command www.centcom.mil/ur

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