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Over 50 militants killed as security forces step up anti-militancy operations

Over 50 militants killed as security forces step up anti-militancy operations
February 17, 2017

PESHAWAR, 17 February: The security forces have launched a major crackdown against the militants throughout the country, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, after the recent spate to terror attacks and claimed killing over 50 militants since Thursday night.

The security forces said six militants were killed in a clash in Ghaljo area of Orakzai Agency. The militants attacked a check post on the boundary of Hangu and Orakzai at 3:00am on Friday which was foiled and the security forces killed six militants in retaliatory action. The forces said an important commander of Daesh militant group and two suicide bombers were among those killed. Four suicide jackets, 20 kilograms explosive material, hand grenades and machine guns were also recovered after the clash. Security sources said the militants had crossed the Afghan border two days ago for carrying out attack in Orakzai Agency.

Meanwhile, the troops killed two militants in Shabak area in Kurram Agency situated near the Pak-Afghan border. Security sources confirmed the incident and told TNN that the militants were planting a bomb when the troops spotted them and killed them.

Two Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were injured in a cross border attack on a security check post in Torkham area of Khyber Agency.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the militants from Afghan side opened fire on the security check post in Torkham, leaving two soldiers injured. The Pakistani soldiers also retaliated and killed six attackers.

The military has also claimed killing two militants in Shingara Pai area of Barawal in Upper Dir.

According to media reports, at least 25 militants have been killed so far in the security forces operations and police encounters in Sindh.

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