ZHOB: A suspected terrorist blew himself up during a search operation that led to the recovery of a huge dump of explosives in Sabakzai area of Zhob, a town in the restive southwestern Balochistan province, which is facing a tribal insurgency, sectarian violence and Taliban attacks, Samaa reported.
“At least 400 kilograms of high-grade explosives, 50 suicide bombing vests, and 70 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), three rocket launchers, 20 handguns, and 30,000 rounds were seized in the action,” a Frontier Corps spokesman told media.
Though, the spokesperson did not give a word on any arrests made in the action, but he did tell the reporters that one terrorist detonated a suicide vest killing himself.
“He committed suicide to avoid arrest,” said he without giving any further details.
Balochistan, Pakistan's largest but least developed and most sparsely populated province, is racked by Islamist militants, banditry and sectarian violence.
Pakistan’s security forces are waging a major offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the last six months.
The operation has gathered momentum after the December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar which killed 150 people, 134 of them children.
According to military, more than 1,700 militants have been killed so far in the heavy offensive, but at the cost of 126 martyrdoms.–SAMAA/Agencies