Air strikes kill 15 mil­i­tants, de­stroy hide­outs in Kur­ram: ISPR

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

At least 15 mil­i­tants were killed and eight of their hide­outs de­stroyed near the Pak-Afghan bor­der area af­ter cross-bor­der mor­tar shelling tar­geted a se­cu­rity check­post in up­per Kur­ram Agency, In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) said Tues­day.

Aerial strikes were con­ducted in the Al­wara Mandi, Khar-Tangi and Maizer ar­eas ahead of Datta Khel near North Waziris­tan, ISPR said. Ear­lier, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials claimed uniden­ti­fied mil­i­tants fired at least three mor­tar shells at a Fron­tier Corps se­cu­rity check­post in Qai­matey from Afghanistan.

The at­tack­ers dis­persed af­ter se­cu­rity forces re­sponded with re­tal­ia­tory fire. No ca­su­al­ties or dam­age were re­ported. Tehreek-i-Tal­iban Pak­istan claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the shelling in a state­ment emailed to jour­nal­ists. An im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED) ex­plo­sion in­jured seven Fron­tier Corps (FC) per­son­nel in South Waziris­tan's tehsil Ta­yarza.

The FC ve­hi­cle was on rou­tine pa­trolling of the area when it came un­der at­tack. Se­cu­rity forces sealed the area and com­menced a search op­er­a­tion in the area. Kur­ram is one of the most sen­si­tive tribal ar­eas as it bor­ders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for mil­i­tant move­ment across the bor­der. It lies ad­ja­cent to North Waziris­tan.

The re­gion was claimed by the mil­i­tary to have been cleared of in­sur­gents dur­ing an op­er­a­tion a cou­ple of years ago, how­ever, mil­i­tants still carry out sec­tar­ian at­tacks and also tar­get se­cu­rity forces oc­ca­sion­ally. The mor­tar at­tack on the bor­der comes amid high ten­sions in the agen­cies.

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