Security forces seize large cache of weapons in South Waziristan IBO: ISPR

Published January 23, 2022
Weapons recovered during an IBO by security forces in Sarwakai area of South Waziristan district. — Photo by ISPR
Weapons recovered during an IBO by security forces in Sarwakai area of South Waziristan district. — Photo by ISPR

Security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Sarwakai area of South Waziristan district and recovered a huge cache of weapons, the military's media wing said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the forces conducted the IBO on the reported presence of terrorists in the area.

A combination of photos showing the spot raided by security forces. — ISPR
A combination of photos showing the spot raided by security forces. — ISPR

"During the search of the area, a large number of weapons, ammunition and improvised explosive device preparation material was recovered from the hideout," the ISPR said.

The weapons and ammunition recovered from the hideout include submachine guns, RPG-7, hand grenades and a large quantity of ammunition of multiple calibres, the statement added.

The security forces had a week ago conducted an IBO in Miranshah, North Waziristan in which one terrorist was killed while two others were apprehended.

"Weapons and ammunition [were] also recovered from [the] terrorists," the ISPR had said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari had on Jan 20 declared the militant Islamic State group’s Khorasan chapter a bigger threat to peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa than the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Ansari had said there had been security issues in North and South Waziristan tribal districts but the police had acted swiftly to enforce the writ of the state.

Regarding the terrorist outfits operating in the region, he had said the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the major outfit in the North Waziristan tribal district, while a mix of militant groups was active in the South Waziristan tribal district.

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