Security forces kill 33 suspected militants in North Waziristan clashes

Published: December 19, 2013

Raids were conducted a day after a suicide attack killed at least 5 soldiers, wounded 34 others in the area. PHOTO: AFP

MIRANSHAH: At least 33 suspected militants and three civilians were killed in raids and shelling by the armed forces in North Waziristan, officials said Thursday.

On Thursday in the afternoon, army units acting on intelligence reports of militants preparing another car bomb in a nearby hideout in Mir Ali, security forces launched a pre-emptive strike where 10 militants were killed.

In a statement from the Inter-services public relations, most of the militants killed were reportedly Uzbek.

The violence in the tribal district came a day after a suicide bombing at a military checkpoint killed five soldiers and wounded 34 others.

Ansarul Mujahideen, a little-known militant group linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

A senior military official said 23 militants were killed overnight in fighting with security forces in North Waziristan.

Clashes erupted after the insurgents attacked a convoy of security forces which was returning after rescuing soldiers wounded in Wednesday’s bombing, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The death toll could not be verified independently because of an ongoing search operation and curfew in the area.

Earlier, local security officials said six of the suspected militants were killed during raids on two hotels.

“Security forces raided two hotels in the area close to the site of the suicide bombing and intense gunbattles left six suspected militants dead and 12 others wounded,” a local security official told AFP.

Separately, shells fired by security forces hit a house in Moski village and killed a woman and her two daughters, the local official said.

Military officials did not confirm the civilian deaths.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • umar
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:18PM

    Go Pakistan Army go. Finish these talibans and their apologists.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:36PM

    Way to go!

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  • Qasim
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:40PM

    We have seen these Taliban are also tried hard to do Sucide attack on US posts in Afghanistan. Our soldiers should learn how they avoid them.
    Time to learn lesson from US soldiers.

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  • baloch Southall UK
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Bravo. Keep up the good work my dear army men. I wish you God speed.
    Alas, I wish we were able to destroy the minders not just the players.

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  • a&a
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Some more shaheeds………

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  • Realist
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:57PM

    Bravo! Hunt them all down. Thank you for your sacrifices — I salute you!

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  • A J Khan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:58PM

    I put forward following to Prime Minister of Pakistan:
    1. Declare Emergency and declare War through parliament on Crimes, Criminals and Terrorists.
    2. Seal Western Border with Afghanistan.
    3. Send back all refugees and illegal immigrants of all kinds and countries.
    4. Clamp down on moles of terrorists in Government Services and Judiciary/Judges.
    5. Close media channels which is spewing venom against the solidarity and integrity of Pakistan in the name of freedom of expression..
    6. Close madrissahs which is drawing funds from Foreign Countries and spreading hate and violence.
    7. Isolate political & religious parties and leaders who support crime / terrorism in garb of religion and human rights.
    8. Establish Military Courts to punish criminals till judicial reforms are in place.
    Secure your country and pass it on as a safe and developing country to your next generation.

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  • Obaid
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Waiting for Mr Nisar’s usual rant about how this has destroyed the peace process

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:38PM

    ET, please allow the reply to the enthusist adventurer who has put out the catalogue of actions.

    @A J Khan:
    Why the complicated narrative, you mean the military intervention? Is this not what the people of the tribal territories have been facing from the past two centuries, especially since the American invasion? What makes people like you to think that such a course will not destabilise the entire region, resulting in the Indian army re-uniting the Punjabi as well as the kashmiri speaking people with those of theirs and thereby disintegrating the State of Pakistan?. Unless ofcourse you reckon that Pakistan army is more powerful than the world super powers?

    Rex Minor

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  • Umar
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Only solution just do the carpet bombing and then action by ground troops. Right now no table talks – yes after this successful action do table talks on government terms and conditions and that’s all. Pakistan Zinda Bad

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  • salman
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:05PM

    and yet PMLN wants negotiation with the militants

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  • Realist
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:20PM

    @Qasim
    The reason the suicide attacks on US bases in Afghanistan usually don’t kill US soldiers is because they use local Afghan soldiers to man the outer-most periphery — which is why the Afghans usually die and there are little-to-no US deaths. We are not occupying another country so our only option is to use our own men.Recommend

  • truth
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:27PM

    We condemns this violence and conspiracy by Pakistan for killing of these rebels and they shall be henceforth be remembered as martyrs for Ajad wajiristan and fataRecommend

  • uglytruth
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:27PM

    We condemns this violence and conspiracy by Pakistan for killing of these rebels and they shall be henceforth be remembered as martyrs for Ajad wajiristan and fataRecommend

  • Truth_Prevails
    Dec 19, 2013 - 3:33PM

    @A J Khan: In continuity of your point 7:…and send them on a one way trip to bermuda

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  • Major Iqbal
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:26PM

    How long before Imran Khan refers to the dead as shaheed?

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  • Umer
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Why don’t security forces finish the job? They are obviously capable of it. There is something fishy about selective behaviour of security forces.

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  • Imran
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Send every Afghan back. You will find Pakistan next to heaven.

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  • Imran
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Fighting against lawless butchers … GO GO GO ..!

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  • wowemkay
    Dec 19, 2013 - 4:59PM

    Brilliant! Great job to announce Gen Raheel’s ascension to the COAS spot. Hope he takes this to the hilt and makes these brutal murderous animals extinct! Muabark General and May Allah grace your efforts with victory and bless every Fauji Shaheeds blood.

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  • Fahad
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:14PM

    @Major Iqbal:
    IK will not get into the debate that they are Shaheed or not Shaheed. He is not dumb. As it is only know to Allah if they actually are.

    Seems like PAK Army is taking more of a revenge and suddenly killed 23 Suspected militants just after an attack on themselves. I wonder if they were actually real militants.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:16PM

    @A J Khan:
    And then some one woke u up.Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Dear Munawar Hassan, Who was Shaheed today?

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  • Bilal
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:23PM

    @truth:
    Well tried Indian!The way you wrote “Ajad” instead of “Azad” gave away your identity.
    Next time when you go imposter be careful.

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  • Sajid Iqbal
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:35PM

    For all my friends jumping in their seats on this “feat”, they should check this news from other news outlet too where locals of NW terming it blind bombing of their homes and market in retaliation of the suicide bombing on Army checkpost last day. Does it make sense that militants were partying in a hotel and Army killed them there?

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  • Tight Patloon
    Dec 19, 2013 - 5:59PM

    Why Muslims are killing Muslims instead of Hindus. What is wrong with us?

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  • Someone
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:03PM

    @Rex Minor: What makes people like you to think that such a course will not destabilise the entire region, resulting in the Indian army re-uniting the Punjabi as well as the kashmiri speaking people with those of theirs and thereby disintegrating the State of Pakistan?

    You can test out your hypothesis and see whatever will be left of the fragmented union state known as India that you come from. You will lose what you already have. Why go for another dhoti shiver?

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  • Asif Yusufzai
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:04PM

    @Rex Minor: You mean just like how India lost Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to Pakistan in 1947 Kashmir war?

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  • Khalistan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @truth:
    @uglytruth
    Yes off course you indians will condemn the killing of indian agents and indian trained terrorists by the PAK Army. No matter how hard you try, you cannot break this country this easily.
    Sorry to hear about your loss guys, why dont you worry about the soon to be AJAD KHALISTAN.

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  • Saad
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:24PM

    @Sajid Iqbal:
    Pakistan army wont do blind bombings

    Strikes are only carried out after ground intelligence confirmation. Locals obviously are going to speak against bombing there area but its their job to not let the terrorists make safe haven in their area and put lives of their own families and business at risk.

    All peaceful people of Waziristan should evacuate the area until the operation against the terrorists is going on. Once completed, they can go back and live there in peace.

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  • Last Word
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Such revenge attacks will not help to eliminate militancy in Pakistan without adopting a uniform policy as well as launching decisive operations against Taliban. Incidentally, no revenge attacks were ever conducted immediately against the militants after many such bomb blast killing scores of innocent civilians.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:56PM

    suspected? are you sure you killed militants or just another group of civilians? This requires a Big Question Mark!

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:24PM

    @Someone:
    Sir, I am not an Indian, but I was in your shoes I would be worrying about the Indian Sikh army whose motivation is to retake Punjab.

    Rex Minor

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:25PM

    Indian forces should learn from Pak army to deal with terrorists operating in Kashmir .

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  • Chrome
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:28PM

    The civilian casualties caused by Drone’s pinpoint attacks are despicable but civilians killed by Pakistani army shelling are not only justifiable but commendable.

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  • MSK
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:31PM

    @Qasim:
    Respect your concern..Believe me our guys are far better than US soldiers (Tech notwithstanding).. Our guys have to move frequently on foot for various jobs like food supply etc as less of air support is available coz of financial reasons. So they are very vulnerable compared to US soldiers. We are literally all Over the place and so again more vulnerable unlike US soldiers so are in Few and really fortified bases. In a foreign country these kind of missions are easy as you don care mush about collateral but in own country you have to accept a high risk as you cant just shoot. but see still collateral happens. Allah bless Pakistan with Peace.
    Faith.
    LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

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  • Dec 19, 2013 - 8:42PM

    This is a clear and precise response to the killings of soldiers who were just doing their job to protect their citizens and their nation. It sends a strong signal to the terrorists that your heinous crimes will not go unnoticed and the security forces will come after you. This common enemy has caused havoc on innocent lives, and befitting reply to their crimes is the need of the hour. We commend the Pakistani security forces for their sacrifices and their timely action against the ruthless enemy. Sometimes to achieve peace; we have to walk through the treacherous fields of death!

    Abdul Quddus
    DET- United States Central Command

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  • Zalmai
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Hard-core militants don’t go and spend the night in a hotel they go to the mountains in to their caves. No one can confirm this news because there are no journalists or media in Waziristan, the only people propagating and disseminating news from this region is the ISPR and their credibility is suspect.

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  • shahid
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:04PM

    @Rex Minor: Ideed you proved yourself to be a minor and having child like IQ.

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  • Someone
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @Zalmai: They will be chased even to their caves. You Afghans need not worry.

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:16PM

    @Asif Yusufzai:

    Let me try again, my reply was apparently lost in transit.
    You as a Yousafzai should kno that it was the waziris tribesmen who overran kashmir in 1947 taking over Sirinagar, the capital with their 48 hours ‘Blitzkrieg`and made the Maharaja and his rag tag army run for life. It was also the late arrival of the Pakistan army which enabled the Indian army to retake sirinagar and the sorrounding region.

    Rex Minor

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  • polpot
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:50PM

    “Pakistani Army Accused of Waziristan Killings of Civilians
    Residents Say Military Took Lives of Dozens of Innocents After Militant Attack on Checkpoint”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    “Residents in Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan tribal region claimed on Thursday that dozens of civilians were killed in an army operation following a suicide attack at a checkpoint, charges the Pakistani military rejected.”
    Source: WSJ.

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  • observer
    Dec 21, 2013 - 8:24AM

    WHAT??

    Pakistan Army is once again victimising ‘stakeholders’ and ‘innocent victims’ of Drone attacks.

    When will the great Khan launch a blockade of Military Supplies to NWA?

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  • Muhammad Abbas Khan
    Dec 23, 2013 - 2:29AM

    Read the whole comments but no one care to condemn or at least show solidarity with the families of those three innocent civilians (a mother with her two daughters) who died by the shelling of our Army. Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Ra Jioun. May Allah Swt give patience to the affectees may Allah swt guide us all Ameen

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  • Aslam
    Dec 24, 2013 - 3:02PM

    @Kaleem:
    Civilians

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  • Dec 28, 2013 - 12:45PM

    On Wednesday night, 23 militants were killed while fighting with the security forces in North Waziristan.

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