Pakistan: Security Forces Claim Killing Over 700 Militants In Bajaur
Jet fighters and gunship helicpoters Saturday bombed several parts of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border killing scores of people. Security forces claimed that they have killed over 700 militants in the fighting. Residents told NP that dozens of innocent people including women and children were also killed in the fighting. Residents have been leaving the areas in panic.
- The Frontier Corps troops killed 85 more militants and injured 25 in fresh air-strikes and ground operations in various parts of Bajaur Agency on Saturday, said a release of FC Media Cell.
It said air and land combined efforts inflicted heavy losses upon the miscreants in a number of intense encounters at different locations in Bajaur Agency.
In an encounter with miscreants at Inayat Qila, the Frontier Corps troops backed by air, exterminated 60 heavily armed militants and destroyed their 16 vehicles.
During a heavy exchange of fire with militants in the area around Loesam, the Combat Aviation killed another 25 miscreants and destroyed five vehicles.
In a combined effort, other major miscreants’ strongholds in the area were successfully targeted through land and air attacks. These actions resulted in uprooting the militants from their heavily defended localities, giving them sizeable losses.
The militants were killed in the operation at Loisam, Sangkhata, Shankai areas of Bajaur Agency. The number of militants killed in last 24 hours has risen to over 150, two security personnel were killed in gun battle in Loisam. The ongoing clashes have continued for six weeks and have killed about 700 militants.
The security forces also continued operation against militants in tribal region of Darra Adamkhel. However no loss of life was reported.
Meanwhile, experts under the surveillance of security forces surveyed the destroyed bridges to open the Indus Highway, which is closed for a couple of weeks. People are facing severe problems because of closure of Kohat tunnel and Indus highway.