Retaliatory operation: Security forces kill 33 militants in North Waziristan

Published: December 20, 2013

Security forces raided the hideouts of militants in Mir Ali in the North Wazirstan Agency on a tip off that the militants were busy preparing vehicle borne improvised explosive devices. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Around 33 militants were killed in clashes with security forces in the North Waziristan Agency, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a communiqué on Thursday.

According to the statement, the first clash erupted on Wednesday night between security officials and militants, who tried to ambush a convoy of security personnel returning from Khajori check-post after concluding a rescue operation. Some 23 militants were killed in the firefight.

“In exchange of fire three security forces’ personnel were also injured,” the press release added.

In another incident, security forces raided the hideouts of militants in Mir Ali in the North Wazirstan Agency on a tip off that the militants were busy preparing vehicle borne improvised explosive devices.

The operation resulted in the deaths of 10 more militants, most of them foreigners, said the statement. According to AFP, most of the militants were Uzbek.

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Talking to The Express Tribune, a National Assembly member (MNA) from North Waziristan Muhammad Nazir Khan said he had asked a security official to temporarily lift the curfew from the area as, according to him, civilians were caught in the crossfire, which had inflicted casualties.

“We need a little time to get the injured out of the area” he said.  However, independent verification of the incident could not be made. 

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2013.

Reader Comments (25)

  • Aysha M
    Dec 20, 2013 - 2:32AM

    Great offensive, Pak Army zindabad

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  • too little too late
    Dec 20, 2013 - 2:36AM

    They kidnap, pillage and kill our people and you do nothing. They attack you (the army) and you retaliate. Does the Pakistan Army see itself and its interests as separate from the nation?

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 20, 2013 - 2:39AM

    Thank God, At last state wakes up to confront these monsters! Our survival depends on their total elimination.

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  • Waseem
    Dec 20, 2013 - 3:03AM

    Great job! Please repeat it on weekly basis.

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  • True Pak
    Dec 20, 2013 - 3:32AM

    Men and Women of Pak Army we are with you and are proud of you.

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Amer
    Dec 20, 2013 - 4:08AM

    Why are these Uzbeks coming here to fight? Its going to be a never ending war if we don’t cut off the supply of people coming here to fight. May Allah give our forces the courage and determination to rid our land of these people who blow up civilians.

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  • Rafidi
    Dec 20, 2013 - 4:14AM

    Finally. A day of joy for the people of Pakistan as we are finally getting some return on the billions we pay for the upkeep of our armed forces.

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  • pashtoon
    Dec 20, 2013 - 4:29AM

    This is not right. Pakistan army has no right to enter our areas which they have never bothered.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 20, 2013 - 4:47AM

    Pak Amry for life. Thank you to our brave soldiers.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 20, 2013 - 4:47AM

    Long live Pak Army, thanks to our brave soldiers.

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  • Umer
    Dec 20, 2013 - 5:10AM

    These must be the bad taliban otherwise security forces are generally very sympathetic towards them.

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  • Waseem
    Dec 20, 2013 - 5:23AM

    Great job done! This kind of cleansing needs to be done on regular basis.

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  • Zalmai
    Dec 20, 2013 - 5:27AM

    Please confront the main terror network operating from Miranshah, you know who I’m talking about. Stop the selective targeting of random so called militants.

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  • np
    Dec 20, 2013 - 6:03AM

    @Muhammad: Army only fights when army is attacked. How about fighting to protect ordinary Pakistani civilians also? But no. When Mehsud’s palatial home was built within one mile of Pakistani miitary headquarters in North Waziristan – what is left to say.

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  • Fareed
    Dec 20, 2013 - 6:55AM

    So more Pashtons are being killed in the name of militants – Just disappointed to see how ppl here party the death of their own pakistani citizens!

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  • Nikki
    Dec 20, 2013 - 8:34AM

    BRAVO:
    Get all of them whereever they are, they dont deserve for any consession.

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  • Lord
    Dec 20, 2013 - 9:11AM

    If they do it against army immediate retaliation who will retaliate for the civilians.

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  • RUKHSAR
    Dec 20, 2013 - 10:58AM

    Pak Army can finish them… but why not done yet?

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  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Dec 20, 2013 - 11:02AM

    innocent civilians has been killed. this no way. a single man from village attacks from village army starts shelling the whole village and kill dozens.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Dec 20, 2013 - 11:38AM

    local media is reporting all were innocent civilians

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  • A J Khan
    Dec 20, 2013 - 12:54PM

    Better a hundred enemies outside the house than one inside. They must die before they carry out another such act.

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  • ahmer
    Dec 20, 2013 - 2:26PM

    so let me get this straight…when drones target them its bad….but when we target them its good…can we make up our mind.

    These animals need to be eliminated, whether it takes drones or army, or US forces on ground. Just eliminate them and their support and sympathizer network.

    Then you will see real progress in Pakistan.

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  • Last Word
    Dec 20, 2013 - 5:35PM

    The shelling of populated areas chasing militants even for revenge is not done by any professional army in the world which would only cause collateral damage than killing any militant. Indian army has never resorted to shelling against militants both in Kashmir as well as North East region. It so appears that more civilians have been killed than the militants which needs to be investigated to avoid such incidents as the same are even worst than drone attacks.

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  • jameel
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:38PM

    So basically the generals are performing their duty as hired contract killers for USA ?
    As most of the killed were civilians.And the story of 3 army man injured creates more doubts !
    We need to stop killing our own people,rather we should kick out USA(along with blackwater) so that we can live peacefully !
    This region was peaceful Before America,and this will agains be peaceful after kicking America Out.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 22, 2013 - 3:18AM

    @jameel:
    BTW, just look at how peaceful Iraq is after America left!
    Thinking that everything will be peaceful again in Pakistan after 2014 is a delusion!

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