9 militants, six Lashkar men killed in Kurram
HANGU: Nine militants and six members of the pro-government tribal lashkar were killed and several others sustained injuries in fresh clashes between insurgents and Masozai tribesmen in Kurram Agency on Thursday, official and tribal sources said.
Sources said the militants torched dozens of houses in seven villages of Neka Ziarat area by firing incendiary shells at homes. Following the clashes between Masozai tribal lashkar and the militants over the past 11 days, security forces had decided to launch large-scale military action in Masozai area to dismantle the insurgents’ network and their hideouts, since security forces believed the tribal lashkar would not be able to fight the heavily armed militants.
Sources said security forces also took control of Zimasht area in the central part of Kurram valley. Meanwhile, they also directed the Masozai tribes people to leave the area to avoid harm to civilians and to enable the troops to intensify the military action launched in the area on July 3.
Sources said hundreds of families started migrating to safer places in the lower part of Kurram Agency, particularly to Durrani Camp established by the Federal Disaster Management Authority to shelter dislocated families.
Sources said 1,700 families have been registered at the camp while more than 5,000 families are living with relatives and friends and in schools in relatively peaceful parts of the violence-plagued Kurram Agency.
Reports suggest that around 500 families reached Muhammad Khwaja Camp in Togh Sarai area of Hangu district but are yet to be registered by authorities, sources added. Due to security concerns, the troops have also disconnected the cellular phone services in various parts of Hangu, particularly in Doaba area lying in close proximity with Kurram Agency.