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Security forces claim seizure of 500 kgs explosives in Khyber

Updated Aug 25, 2013 03:24pm
A suspect was arrested during the raid, which was carried out after a roadside bomb wounded three civilians in the area on Saturday, Colonel Mohammad Naeem Sarwar told AFP.— File Photo
A suspect was arrested during the raid, which was carried out after a roadside bomb wounded three civilians in the area on Saturday, Colonel Mohammad Naeem Sarwar told AFP.— File Photo

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.