26 militants, a pro-govt militia leader downed
ISLAMABAD: Twenty-six militants were eliminated in the latest spree of violence in the tribal areas Monday while a pro-government militia leader was killed by a bomb, the CNN reported.
Militants attacked a security force convoy in the area of Meerobak in Orakzai Agency, two intelligence officials said. Security forces fired back, killing eight militants and capturing four, officials said. Two soldiers were injured in the fire-fight.
In a separate incident, militants used rockets to attack a security check post near Kalaya in Orakzai. Security forces retaliated, killing five militants, said intelligence officials.
Security forces continued their offensive against militants in northern Orakzai, attacking three hideouts and killing 13 militants there, intelligence officials said. Helicopter gunships were used to carry out airstrikes there.
Meanwhile, the leader of a pro-government militia, Malik Taj, was killed Monday evening in the tribal region, according to Muhammad Afsar Khan, a member of that militia.
Khan said Taj was walking home from a meeting with other members of the militia when a remote-control bomb hidden on the side of the road was detonated, fatally injuring him.
The attack took place in the village of Laghari in Bajaur Agency. Khan said five members of the militia and a girl were injured in the blast.