NACTA issues security alert for Peshawar, Quetta Huge cache of explosives seized

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad/ Quetta

A security alert has been issued for Peshawar and Quetta, with the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) in Islamabad saying that banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is planning terrorist activities in the two cities.
A statement by the authority says that the TTP aims to target religious and political parties in bomb attacks and suicide bombings.
It said that acting on such reports, on October 21, a terror plot for Balochistan was foiled. He said that during the operation, conducted in Qamar Din Karez, eight explosive devices were recovered.
“This material was to be used for attacks in Quetta and Peshawar,” NACTA said.
The authority has recommended strict security measures in Quetta and Peshawar to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, the security forces have on Thursday foiled a major terrorism bid in Balochistan and seized huge caches of explosives used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The explosives – comprising remote detonators, ball bearings, wires and other materials – were recovered from Qamaruddin Karez area. Furthermore, eight bombs weighing 6-8 kilograms were also seized.
The explosives were possibly brought from Afghanistan. It has further been learnt that banned outfit of Tehreek-e-Taliban had planned to conduct terrorist activities in Quetta and Zhob.

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