QUETTA - Frontier Corps (FC) on Friday foiled two major terror bids planned for March 23 in different parts of Balochistan by arresting three culprits and recovering huge cache of arms and ammunition.

Talking to media persons, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that FC conducted an operation in New Kahan, Hazar Ganji and Killa Abdullah and recovered 48 120mm mortar shells, nine 82mm mortar grenades and 3 kilograms of explosive material whereas huge cache of weapons and explosives were recovered from the secret spaces of the car in Killa Abdullah that include two SMGs, 9 magazines with 340 rounds, 7 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) with rounds and 42 sniper rounds. Three suspects were also arrested.

Provincial Home Minister said that the terrorists associated with outlawed organisation had planned a major terror attack in Quetta and adjoining areas on March 23.

Director General (DG) FC Brigadier Tahir Mehmood said that the terrorists, after operation Zarb-e-Azb, were setting foot in various areas of Balochistan and FC were carrying out operation against them.

He appealed the people to assist the security forces in identifying such terrorists.

In reply to a question, DG FC said no military operation is being undertaken in any part of the province.

He said that the law-enforcement agencies launch action against miscreants whenever there are attacks on national assets and on security forces.

8 HELD FOR CROSSING INTO PAKISTAN ILLEGALLY

At least eight persons were arrested on Friday for allegedly entering Pakistan from Iran, officials said. According to spokesperson of FC, eight people were arrested during the search operation in a car in the area of Talab check post. These persons were travelling without necessary documents, sources said. They were shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation.