Web Desk — Pakistani army said on Thursday a recent operation has broken up an attempt to set up an Islamic State group network in the country.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), security Forces conducted an operation in Mastung from 1-3 June. There were reports of 10-15 terrorists of a banned outfit Lashrake-Jhangivi Al-Almi (LeJA) hiding in caves near Isplingi (Koh-i-Siah/Koh-i- Maran) 36 Kilometer South East of Mastung. The said organization was reportedly making efforts for communication with Daesh and intended to facilitate establishment of ISIS foothold in Balochistan.
The army said the Taliban-linked sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi was working to establish an IS foothold. The three day operation was conducted in rough terrain southwestern Baluchistan province and left 12 militants dead.
Pakistan has denied any organized presence of the IS group in the country, but admitting that some local militant groups have started using its brand name.
Some Pakistani sectarian groups have in recent months partnered with the IS group in spectacular attacks.