Wah Cantonment Ordnance Complex

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Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Wah; 30km NW of Islamabad, Pakistan
Subordinate To: Ministry of Defence, Government of Pakistan
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

The Wah Cantonment Ordnance Complex is home to Pakistan Ordnance Factories, responsible under the Pakistan Ministry of Defence for producing conventional weapons. [1] The facility is also believed to be Pakistan's main nuclear weapons assembly facility, where – allegedly with Chinese assistance – Pakistan has worked on assembling nuclear weapons since the early 1980s. [2]

In August 2008, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives just outside the gates of the Wah Cantonment, killing fifty-nine people and wounding seventy. [3]

[1] "About US," Pakistan Ordnance Factories, www.pof.gov.pk.
[2] Jeffrey T. Richelson, Spying on the Bomb (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007), pp. 331-332, and 343.
[3] "59 are killed in Taliban bomb attack at Pakistan arms factory," Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2008; "Pakistan arms factory suicide bombers said trained at tribal area camp," BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 27 August 2008.

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