South Waziristan inn raid kills 7 militants, one security official

Published: February 16, 2012

Security forces claim to have killed 16 militants in two separate raids on Thursday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Seven militants were killed and others were apprehended on Thursday when security forces raided an inn located in Wana, South Waziristan.

The raid, however was not a smooth one. One security official and three other officials were injured, officials confirmed.

According to official sources, security forces raided the inn, located in Wana Bazaar, acting on a ‘tip off’ that members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were present in the vicinity.

“Seven militants were gunned down during the raid,” said an official while talking to The Express Tribune.

“The inn was used as a transit point by the militants,” the official added, while confirming that some militants had also been detained.

The rooms of the inn were razed to the ground after the operation was completed. Gunship helicopters also aided the security personnel during the operation.

In a separate incident, militants fired two rockets at a security picket. However no reports of damages were received.

Jets pound militant positions in Orakzai, nine killed

Meanwhile in Orakzai, security forces claimed to have killed nine militants and injured five others when jets pounded militant hideouts in the Mamozai area, destroying four militant hideouts.

According to official sources, the bombardment took place on Thursday morning in the Jandari kalay, Toor Simt and Saam areas and that five were foreigners.

The claims could not be independently verified since an operation is underway in Mamozai and pose a threat to journalists.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Cautious
    Feb 16, 2012 - 10:39PM

    I thought this was suppose to be Americas battle — why are the Pakistani military still battling the Taliban? I would argue that ever since Pakistan effectively cut off ties with America you have had to increase you actual combat with the Taliban – is that a sign that isn’t isn’t Americas war after all?

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  • Feb 16, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Pakistan Zindabad, Pak Army Zindabad, DEATH to TTP

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  • faraz
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:33AM

    TTP has been severely battered by army operations in FATA. Major insurgency will be crushed in near future. But disregarding the sacrifices of soldiers, opportunist politicians will link it to 2014 US withdrawal

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  • Lobe
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:50AM

    @faraz: Not because of army but because of drones

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  • Barbara
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:58AM

    @cautious
    You asked why are the Pakistani military still battling the Taliban?

    The Taliban and other extremist groups have begun to stage suicide bombings and other attacks in Pakistan. I assume that the Pakistani military are trying to eliminate extremist attacks in Pakistan.Recommend

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