Three army soldiers have been martyred in attacks in Shawwal, North Waziristan, while five terrorists killed in exchange of fire.

“Terrorists from across the Pak Afghan border attempted multiple physical and fire raids on Pakistan Army posts along Pak- Afghan Border in Shawal, North Wazirstan Agency,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday evening.

“During exchange of fire, three Pakistan army soldiers Havaldar Iftikhar, resident of Sargodha, Sepoy Aftab from Chitral and sepoy Usman resident of Gujarat, embraced Shahadat,” military’s media wing.

‘Army has sacrificed greatly’

“Security forces valiantly repulsed all attempts to overrun posts and inflict major damage,” the ISPR said. “Five terrorists [were] killed during their failed attempts.”

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, a military offensive against the “latent threat of terrorism”, was launched in February 2017.

On Wednesday, as many as 81 more militants completed a de-radicalisation course in Bara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the sixth batch of the militants completing the training to become useful citizens of the society.