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.
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.