Forces kill 11 in Mohmand, Orakzai
MOHMAND/ORAKZAI: As reported by the Express Tribune on Tuesday, the security forces have killed 11 militants in separate operations in Mohmand Agency and Orakzai Agency on Monday.
Security officials in Mohmand Agency intercepted nine militants in Tehsil Safi late Monday night, after which gunship helicopters and ground troops moved into the area, according to the assistant political agent. Forces conducted the operation by firing mortar shells at militant hideouts.
Official figures given by authorities confirm that five dead bodies identified as militants were found after the shelling, while four others are reported to have been injured. The area has been cordoned off and search operations are underway to apprehend the injured militants.
Tehsil Safi was the spiritual homeland of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) when it emerged, and Mohmand Agency shares a border with the tumultuous Kunar province of Afghanistan.
Inspector General (IG) Frontier Corps (FC) Nadir Zeb claims 90 per cent of Orakzai Agency has been cleared of militants as a total of 6 militants have been killed in the latest assaults in tribal areas.
Six militants were killed after they attacked a checkpost in the Tanda area of the Lower Orakzai Agency.
According to IG FC Nadir Zeb, 654 militants have been killed, and over 250 arrested during the operation.