24 militants killed, several injured in Tirah Valley shelling Three tribesmen killed in mortar shell.
Byline: Farid Shinwari
KHYBER AGENCY -- At least twenty-four militants were killed and several others received injuries when Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jetfighters blitzed their sanctuaries in mountainous Lower Tirah valley in Khyber Agency, official sources said on Sunday.
The officials said the security forces targeted the hideouts of the outfit militant groups belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Bara based Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in Dars Jummat, Sandana, Takhtakai and Nagrosa area in Tirah valley. The sources said at least 24 militants were killed and several were injured in the air strikes carried out by jetfighters. Also, five hideouts were destroyed in the bombardment. After the concluded the Operation Khyber-1,and launched Operation Khyber-2, the security forces carried out air strikes and arterially shelling on the militants hideouts in Kukikhel, Sepah, Akakhel and Kamarkhel areas in Tirah valley.
"The residents of the Malikdinkhel Bargh and Bar Qambarkhel Bargh are facing a severe problems where the security forces are using a heavy weapons against the militants in ongoing Operation Khyber-2 in Lower part of Tirah valley," Usman Afridi a resident of Barbagh told.
About 100 militants were killed and several were injured and some hideouts also destroyed in the arterially shelling and bombardment during the last one week, official sources said.
It may be mentioned here that the score of death militants could be raised, sources said. Meanwhile, three persons including two women were killed in a mortar shell fired from undisclosed area by suspected militants in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, local tribesmen said on Sunday.
They said the incident took place in Nakai area of Malikdin Khel tribe in Tirah Valley after unidentified militants fired a mortar shell on a house of Enzar Gull, killing three persons on the spot. The mother, father and daughter of Enzar Gull were killed in the brutal incident, sources informed.