KALAYA / MIRANSHAH: At least 14 militants including four commanders were killed and four of their hideouts destroyed in an attack by security forces in Upper Orakzai Agency. According to official sources, the areas of Akhun Kot and Ado Khel were targeted by gunship helicopters on Sunday.
“14 militants were killed and four hideouts were destroyed,” officials added. They also claimed that the destroyed hideouts harboured four militant commanders who were killed in the attack. They were identified as Hasibur Rehman, Lutafur Rahman, Luqman, and Aslam.
The claims could not be independently verified since the area is closed to journalists.
Four injured in IED explosion
At least four security personnel suffered injuries when a security forces vehicle hit a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) on Sunday near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency.
An official of the political administration of Miranshah told The Express Tribune that the vehicle was supplying rations to a security outpost when it hit the IED. The subsequent blast injured Tahir Noor and Noor Nawaz along with two other Frontier Corps (FC) personnel. Security forces surrounded the area following the blast and launched a manhunt.
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in areas between Tehsil Miranshah,Tehsil Datta Khel and Razmak sub-division of the North Waziristan Agency.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2012.