Mohmand: 18 militants, 3 security men killed
GHALANAI: Eighteen militants and three security personnel were killed as fierce fighting continued in Mohmand Agency on Wednesday.
Official sources said clashes started after the militants attacked Anargi security post early in the morning with heavy weapons, killing three personnel and injuring four others. The injured security men were taken to Peshawar.
They said that 18 militants were killed and several others were wounded after security forces opened fire in retaliation. The militants fled, leaving several bodies behind.
The dead militants were identified as Janat Gul, Shamsha Din alias Abubakar, two Afghans Mula Burjan and Nasrat, Omar Khetab of Babazai, Sadiq, Khadim, Obaid son of Toor, Shamsher and his two friends. Names of seven others could not be ascertained till late night.
The security forces continued search operation in Sagi lower, Sagi upper of tehsil Safi, Musa Kor, Chargoli of tehsil Ambar, and Dwezai, Inzari Miangan, Ghalingar of tehsil Pandyali, Shamsha, Suran Darra, Baidmani and other areas of Tehsil Baizai.
Backed by jet fighters, helicopter gunships, tanks and artillery, the security forces pounded militant hideouts.