Forces foil attempt to establish ISIS network in Balochistan: ISPR

RAWALPINDI:  The successful operation by security forces in Mastung denied the establishment of any direct/indirect ISIS organised infrastructure in Balochistan, reported ISPR.

The forces conducted an operation in Mastung from 1-3 June after getting information that 10-15 terrorists of a banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi (LeJA) hiding in caves near  Isplingi ( Koh-i-Siah/Koh-i- Maran) 36 Kilometre South East of Mastung.

The said organisation was reportedly making efforts for communication with ISIS (Daesh) and intended to facilitate establishment of ISIS foothold in Balochistan,

During three-day long operation, terrorists who were hiding in caves offered stiff resistance. 250 Meter long gorge with steep heights and multiple caves made the clearance operation difficult and challenging.  Intelligence and security forces personnel fought valiantly to clear the hideout by 3rd June.

During an exchange of fire, 12 hardcore terrorists including 2 suicide bombers were killed. The suicide bomber used against Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri on 12 May was also sent by this group from the same hideout.

The security forces destroyed IED making facility inside a cave and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition which included 50 kilogrammes of explosive, 3 suicide bomber jackets, 18 Grenades, 6 Rocket Launchers, 4 Light Machine Guns,18 small machine guns, 4 sniper rifles, 38 communication sets and huge ammunition of various types.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has appreciated the effort of Southern Command, Intelligence Agencies and the troops for this successful operation.

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