At least 10 troops, 23 militants dead in Khyber Agency clash

Published: March 2, 2012

Militants from Lashkar-e-Islam group attacked outpost and gunfight erupted, says Khyber administrator. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

PESHAWAR: Ten soldiers and 23 militants were killed in a battle that lasted more than seven hours in Bara, Khyber Agency said security officials.

The security forces that had moved into the area almost a week back had established their posts in the area of Maira Sar, said sources.

The area has been consistently bombarded by helicopter shelling because it is considered to be a stronghold of Lashkar-e-Islam militants “at around 11:00pm last night militants attacked the post,” said a security official. “The battle continued till 5:00am in which ten security personnel were killed and three others were injured.”

While confirming that around 23 militants were also killed in the attack, the official said, “The situation is now stable and all the posts of the law enforcement agencies are intact.”

In a separate incident, two members of the militia battling the militants were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the Sra Garhi area of Landikotal, said officials.

“The vehicle was destroyed said an official, one militiaman was killed while another was injured and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital,” the officials said.

A water tanker in Akakhel also came under attack from militants, however there were no casulties.

Lashkar-e-Islam, which is led by warlord Mangal Bagh, is said to be linked to Taliban militants and criminal gangs.

It was not possible to independently verify the official account of the incident as access to the area is restricted by the military.

Some 18,000 people fled their homes in Khyber in October last year amid fears of a fresh onslaught of fighting between the army and militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban.

Seven tribal districts near the Afghan border are rife with homegrown insurgents and are strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

Militants have killed more than 4,800 people across Pakistan since July 2007.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Pashtun voice
    Mar 2, 2012 - 1:06PM

    Long live PAK army. Death to the Taliban!

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  • A J Khan
    Mar 2, 2012 - 1:33PM

    Judges should accompany troops to varify on ground, whether those attacking troops are terrorists or “”innocent” as described by in the missing persons case.

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  • bigsurprise
    Mar 2, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Hahaha these news dont make any sense. How is it that you may Pak armymen and Militants get killed everyday and still we dont run out of either of them.Recommend

  • WoW
    Mar 2, 2012 - 2:19PM

    The Agency has its ‘Strategic Assets’ and “non-State Actors” on its payroll. It trains them, arms them and feeds them. Why not ‘use’ these against the terrorists. Why allow Pakistani soldiers to die.Recommend

  • beggarnation
    Mar 2, 2012 - 2:27PM

    This will make our enemies very happy and might earn our Army some extra military hardware and much needed money.Recommend

  • Muhammad nawaz
    Mar 2, 2012 - 3:19PM

    I like javed chuhadri

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  • MarkH
    Mar 2, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Why do I see so many people claiming to be behind the Pakistan Army. Nobody cares unless it fits their agenda. That much is obvious by now.

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  • theekha
    Mar 2, 2012 - 4:32PM

    23 militants? who told you? stop killing innocents.Recommend

  • SaudiRules
    Mar 2, 2012 - 10:45PM

    “While confirming that around 23 militants were also killed in the attack, the official said..”

    Congratulation to miltary for developing and using state-of-the-art ‘Militant Seeking Missiles’(MSMs) The military uses helicopters and jets to pound the ‘militants’ using rockets and missiles but never kills an innocent life, they always kill only the ‘terrorist’.
    If the US drones had done the same thing, ’23 militants’ would have been termed as ‘innocent civilians’. What a farce!

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  • Mar 3, 2012 - 1:59AM

    Dear forum readers,

    Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences go to the families and friends of the brave soldiers killed in this clash against the militants. These brave soldiers died protecting their land and deserve to be held in the highest regard. This latest incident once again confirms that the terrorists pose a real threat to Pakistan, and to the rest of the region. We should remind ourselves that our brave soldiers are regularly sacrificing their lives while fighting these ruthless terrorists. Therefore, it is imperative that we don’t waste their efforts by indulging in conspiracy theories that attempt to cover over the terrorists’ atrocities. These terrorists do not deserve the slightest bit of sympathy and we should fully support our governments in eliminating this menace. According to this article, “Militants have killed 4,800 people across Pakistan since July 2007.” The seriousness of the situation requires us to put our differences aside and focus on eliminating a threat that has proven catastrophic.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 3, 2012 - 10:22PM

    The PAK army has to be the best in world. They always kill militants. The US and its NATO allies seem never able to do this and kill innocents.

    All the citizens of PAK should be proud.

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