Police in Quetta say they have arrested a group of children who could be used for blasts in the city and other parts of Balochistan.


The arrested children were produced at a press conference in Quetta and the police said they were arrested during a targeted operation.


Senior police official said the children were between the ages of 10 and 16.


The children were used to place bombs and explosive material at crowded sites.


The arrested children have admitted to being involved in over a dozen attacks. Police officer revealed that the children were employed by banned outfits and were paid Rs 2,000- Rs 5,000 per job.


Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Zubair Mehmood said that the detained children had admitted their role in the bomb blast that shook Bacha Khan chowk in Quetta in January. The convicts apparently worked for the little known United Baloch Army (UBA).


The blast at Bacha Khan square in January had killed 12 people and injured many others. Sixteen year-old Sabir, among those detained, was particularly used in that blast.


Mehmood said that terrorist organisations exploited the poverty of these children.


The CCPO further said that these children were arrested after an exchange of fire between police and militants on Tuesday night. He added that at least eight handlers managed to escape. Police also claimed to have recovered seven rockets, anti-personnel mines, chemicals, safety fuse wires, 10kg of explosive material, and explosive rods.