Twenty three militants killed, several injured in Tirah Valley.
Byline: Farid Shinwari
KHYBER AGENCY -- At 23 suspected militants were killed and dozens others sustained injuries when the Pakistan Air Force jet fighters blitzed the hideouts of them in two different areas in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, official sources said on Thursday. The jet aircrafts pounded the sanctuaries of terrorists in Kando Gharbai, Kandao and Mehraban Kalli of Koki Khel tribe of Tirah Valley, official sources confirmed. Around 16 terrorists were killed in Kando Gharbai while more than 10 others were wounded in aerial strikes carried out, sources informed. However the jet fighters also pounded the sanctuaries of militants in Tor Dara and Wacho Wani of Koki Khel tribe wherein seven militants were killed and several injured, sources said. Four of hideouts of militants were also destroyed in aerial strikes in Tirah Valley. Security forces officials also claimed to have killed 16 militants in last days aerial strikes carried out in Tirah Valley by Pakistani Air Force (PAF) fighters. The independent sources could not confirm the deaths in Tirah Valley due to communication hurdles.
However, according to security forces officials, the "Khyber II" military operation was in full progress against militants of Bara based outlawed Laskhar-e-Islam and Terhreek-e-Taliban Pakistan factions. Several of their strongholds were taken by security forces in ground offensive in Tirah Valley, they claimed. According to director general Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) tweet, the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was briefed on his visit to Tirah Valley by security officials that at least 263 militants including key commanders of LI and TTP were killed in military actions in Tirah Valley.
As many as 35 military troops have also been killed after the launch of Khyber II military action in Tirah Valley, he added.