Pakistan Army takes ‘complete control’ over Mingora
Pakistan Army has taken complete control of Mingora (Swat) which was previously under the control of Pakistani Taliban aka Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Operation Rahe Rast made a significant progress with the security forces completely securing control of Mingora city, destroying various training centres of terrorists and killing important militant commanders, the military said.
Major General Athar Abbas, DG ISPR, briefed the reporters about the cowardly stance of the militants.
Briefing reporters about the progress of the operation, military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the security forces were expecting stiff resistance in Mingora, but the militants started fleeing the area as they came close of being besieged.
He also told the reporters of the strategic importance that the Army has gained as a consequence of taking over Mingora.
Security Forces have successfully secured Nawagai and Najigram. He said securing Mingora was a big success as the large city having two istrategic heights including Saidu and Kamber has transportation links with Malakand, Buner and Shangla.
He also briefed of the casualties done on both sides and the weaponry recovered from militants.
The military spokesman said the weapons recovered from militant strongholds included weaponry of American, Russian and Indian origin.
General Athar Abbas said so far 1217 militants have been killed while 79 including foreign nationals have been apprehended. He said 81 security personnel have so far laid down their lives while 250 sustained injuries.
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