Mohmand clashes leave 35 dead
GHALANAI: Taliban militants attacked five checkpoints in the troubled Mohmand Agency after Thursday midnight, sparking a clash which left 11 paramilitary soldiers and 24 attackers dead.
Political agent Amjad Ali Khan told reporters on Friday that the bodies of seven insurgents had been found.
But the Taliban denied the claim and said they had lost only two men in the clash which followed the midnight attack. Sajjad Mohmand, a spokesman for the Taliban in Mohmand, claimed that two soldiers had been captured.
Officials said that about 150 militants had launched coordinated attacks on the five checkpoints — three in Tehsil Safi and two in Baizai — at about 1.30am.
They said that 11 soldiers of the Frontier Corps had lost their lives and 12 others suffered injuries in the attacks. Security personnel used heavy artillery to repulse the attacks.
Cobra helicopters called in to assist the ground forces pounded militants’ positions. Transport helicopters ferried between Peshawar and Ghalanai throughout the day.