Three-pronged operation: Air blitz leaves 25 militants dead in Mohmand Agency

Published: June 20, 2011
Four security officials and 25 militants killed when security forces retaliated to an attack on a checkpost.

Four security officials and 25 militants killed when security forces retaliated to an attack on a checkpost.


Warplanes pounded a militant stronghold in the Mohmand tribal region in an operation that left 25 insurgents dead, the military said on Sunday.

Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and paramilitary troops launched a joint operation “to evict terrorists’ stronghold of Wali Dad” on Saturday, it said.

“Ground operation was preceded with precise strikes by PAF aircraft on terrorists’ bunkers and positions,” it said.

“After an intensive fight, troops were able to secure Wali Dad Top and surrounding areas of the mountain and managed to kill 25 terrorists, while the remaining fled across the border,” it said. Four soldiers were killed and eight wounded.

Local officials earlier said three soldiers were killed and at least 13 wounded when dozens of Taliban stormed a checkpoint in the region near the Afghan border.

The pre-dawn attack was mounted in Baizai village of Mohmand facing the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, local administration chief Maqsood Hussain told AFP.

“The militants, believed to be more than 50 and armed with light and heavy weapons, launched an attack on Wali Dad Kor post, triggering a gunfight that lasted about an hour,” he said.

Three soldiers of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed and at least 13 wounded, he said adding that four militants were killed and an unspecified number wounded.

The military statement said “troops are consolidating their positions in the area and  search operation for remnants is in progress.”

Meanwhile in the neighbouring Lower Dir district security forces did not allow over 300 families to leave for Kharkai area – the village where 14 police and paramilitary personnel were killed in a cross-border attack by militants on April 22.  Kharkai village was vacated following the attack, sources told The Express Tribune.

They had taken shelter with their relatives in different parts of the district. Authorities say the area has yet not been cleared and is vulnerable to more militant attacks.

Sources said that the district administration is silent over the displacement and oblivious to the plight of those stranded in the region.

“We hardly manage to provide food for our children. We cannot even think of renting a house to shelter our families,” said Zardad Khan, 62, who had to leave his home after the authorities ordered to vacate Kharkai village. “We are not allowed even to collect our belongings,” he told The Express Tribune.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti had said during his recent visit to Dir that the fleeing Pakistani militants had found sanctuaries in the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. He also alleged that US-led Nato forces were involved in the attack on the Kharkai checkpoint. (AFP with additional reporting by Islamuddin Sajid in Timargara)

Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 19, 2011 - 12:31PM

    These militants are a menace.

    at any cost they have to be taken care of and removed

    there has to be peace and security in this countryRecommend

  • Jun 19, 2011 - 12:43PM

    Here is the key for General Kayani. Sanctuaries can be used from both sides as
    “strategic means”. Read here Dr.Karzai´s statement saying that Americans are
    negotiating with Taliban. Mind you Americans have more resources. If all what
    Taliban need are killing fields, Pakistan has more of them.
    -Kulamarva BalakrishnaRecommend

    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Afganistan govt like Pakistan govt has no control over their respective Talebans. These attacks can only be stopped if both countries launch joint operations against both Taleban.Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Read history, how Turkish Empire was destroyed. CIA and west following same script and plan for us. Our rulers and Army still consider them ally. Its pitty we dont learn from history. Pakistan the only proper muslim army is being destroyed.Recommend

  • CPKS
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:37PM

    Paks…this is what “Cross Border Terrorism” tastes like.Recommend

  • Haseena
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:11PM

    Clear FATA first and then guard the Durand line heavily….tough mission, but once accomplished, wil make Pakistan much safer for futureRecommend

  • Amer
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:23PM

    Every news piece about Pakistan on these pages give a chance for the Indian ET troll mafia to come out and bash Pakistan! What a shame! Recommend

  • confirm
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:29PM

    why these people die 10 times in news
    hakimmulah mehsud

    mullah radio fazrullah

    qari hussian

    azam tariq spokemanRecommend

  • Jun 19, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Let me confirm, Confirm all these keep changing names and identities to confuse since
    they are all warriors.That is changing names is a tactical weapon.
    -Kulamarva BalakrishnaRecommend

  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2011 - 4:39PM

    Fence & seal the border and send back these millions of refugees, most of their children are born, fed and given same treatment as any other Pakistan but yet they hate us.

    Israel is smaller country than Pakistan but they don’t need any pathetic things like strategic depths in their back yard. Only then with quality education you will become independent in all fields including in defence, trade etcRecommend

  • Atlantique
    Jun 19, 2011 - 4:59PM

    The Pakistani troller mafia shud be banned from ET. Why cant they leave us Indians alone and stop their india bashing on ET?
    First they made Kashmir disputed, now they are making ET disputed!Recommend

  • Atlantic
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:04PM

    The Pakistani troller mafia shud be banned from ET. Why cant they leave us Indians alone and stop their india bashing on ET?
    First they made Kashmir disputed, now they are making ET disputed!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:34PM

    The term “shoe’s on the other foot” comes to mind. After yrs of Afghan complaining about terrorist using Pakistan as sanctuary to attack Afghan now Pakistan gets to see what it feels like to be the recipient of this inappropriate behavior.Recommend

  • Ravi Shastry
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:38PM

    @Amer: What can you say? Facts are on their side! The real shame is denials not the Indian trolls.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:10PM

    If there was a big wall on the Indian-Pakistan ( from Arabian Sea to Siachen ) and Pakistan-Afganistan border, the problems of both India and Afganistan would be solved.Recommend

  • sajid
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:50PM

    these are real terrorists because TEHRIK E TALIBAN should be remove, they are the agents of CIA and RAA….Recommend

  • adeel qadri
    Jun 19, 2011 - 7:28PM

    @babloo.. perhaps then india wont find anything to occupy.. i.e kashmir or siachin… and US wont be able to keep check on CHina.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 19, 2011 - 8:38PM

    These militants are provided sanctuaries in the Kunar area of Afghanistan. With training centres and safe havens, these militants wage attacks on Pakistani security forces manning the border area.

    Whats the basis for that statement? Just because Pakistan makes nefarious deals with militants doesn’t mean your neighbors have stooped that low. Has Pakistan ever notified the USA of the location of these training camps – if so – has the USA ever refused to attack those training camps – the answer is NO.

    These militants are now attacking Pakistan because you could not honor your side of the nefarious deal — you can’t stop the American’s from attacking them inside Pakistan and your military has now called on the tribal leaders to help combat them.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 19, 2011 - 9:48PM

    Thinking about walls and fences, if you build a wall all around Pakistan, then almost all of world and south asia problems would be solved.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Jun 20, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Perhaps Mr. Babloo is a son of a mistri or thekaydar, wants to float his proposal for a wall so that his family can earn some riches. grow up dudeRecommend

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