15 militants killed in Taliban position in Pak
Security forces backed by fighter jets targeted Taliban positions in the volatile Orakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 15 militants and injuring two dozen more.
Peshawar: Security forces backed by
fighter jets targeted Taliban positions in the volatile
Orakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at
least 15 militants and injuring two dozen more.
The air strikes by combat jets inflicted "heavy
losses" on militants and destroyed about six hideouts in
Samaa, Mamozai, Mullah Badai, Khadezai and Dabori areas of
Orakzai Agency, sources said.
The sources said 15 militants were killed though local
residents claimed over 20 people lost their lives in the air
The locals also said civilians were among the injured.
The Inter-Services Public Relations, the army`s media
wing, had announced on June 2 that the operation in Orakzai
Agency had been completed as the security forces had achieved
all their targets.
It also said most parts of lower Orakzai Agency had
been purged of militants.
However, independent sources and local residents said
resistance by militants, who have taken refuge in mountainous
areas after retreating from the plains, has increased and they
are in no mood to give up despite sustaining major losses.
According to a rough estimate, 1,400 people, most of
them militants, have been killed in the operation in Orakzai
Agency during the past three-and-half months.
Nearly 200 militant hideouts and training centres have
been destroyed in ground and air offensives.
The fighting forced around 60,000 people to leave the
region and seek refuge in neighbouring areas.