8 Punjabi Taliban held in Wana operation
WANA: Taking notice of interference of local Taliban in the private lives of tribesmen, the government here Monday took action against militants and captured eight members of the Punjabi Taliban from Kaloti area, official sources said.
The sources said hundreds of Pak Army soldiers and paramilitary Frontier Corps personnel early in the morning took positions at key places in and outside the main town of Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan, and blocked all entry and exit points to the area.
The troops, backed by the army gunship helicopters, launched a search operation in Kaloti area, eight kilometres west of Wana, where they reportedly faced resistance from the militants. The gunship helicopters pounded suspected hideouts of the militants.
A senior government official based in Wana told The News that eight members of the Punjabi Taliban had been apprehended from their sanctuaries at Kaloti after tough resistance. Pleading anonymity, the official said the eight the militants who included their commander suffered injuries before they could be captured. “The militants suffered injuries, some of them serious, when the gunship helicopters pounded their positions.