PESHAWAR: At least 34 militants and three security personnel, including an officer, were killed and eight others were injured during a search operation on Thursday in Shlobar, a sub-division Bara of Khyber Agency.
Sources said that the security personnel were carrying out a search operation in the area of Malak Din Khel when militants opened indiscriminate firing.
"There were intelligence reports of militants running a training camp in the area upon which troops entered Malak Din Khel this morning. There was stiff resistance on the part of the militants and they used heavy weapons," said a security official while confirming the casualties.
Sources said that an officer of the rank of Captain was also amongst the killed as heavy firing was heard in the vicinity. The area is home to the banned organization Lashkar-e-Islam, against whom an active military onslaught was launched some two years back. Since then a curfew has been imposed in the area.
Nine security personnel and 15 militants were killed in Bara, in the beginning of this week when militants ambushed a vehicle of security personnel. A number of mortar shells landing on house and markets have also claimed more than nine lives in the last few days as the security situation remains turbulent.
Woman, children killed in shelling
A woman and two children were killed after mortar shells hit a house in the Shlobar area. Three people also sustained critical injuries in the incident.
Earlier on Wednesday, two mortar shells were fired at a shrine and madrassa adjacent to the house of former federal minister for Zakat and MNA from Khyber agency, Allama Noorul Haque Qadri.
One of the shells did not explode but the main gate of the madrassa was damaged by the other shell.
Khyber Agency has experienced a lot of unrest after militants constructed their hideouts in the agency. The security forces have been carrying out various search operations in the area to clear out the militants.
Around 58 schools, mostly those for girls, have also been attacked by militants in Khyber Agency since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
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whatever,howsoever,is happening muslims are killing muslims
Love you PAK ARMY. Kill these terrorists - Have no mercy. Remove their DNA from Pakistan.
@Santosh: Maybe you should tell your people in Kabul to stop sending criminals across the border to hurt innocent Pakistani citizens. This will happen to them each time they try to cross illegaly and cause trouble. Thank you Pakistan military for beating the bad guys!
The silent soldiers that died my heart goes out to them in gratitude
Way to go Pak military- teach these terrorists a lesson they can tell back to their minders in Kabul and New Dehli!
Stop killing innocent FATA citizens. These peace-loving tribals are being killed for no reason. If these 34 men were really true Lashkar-e-Islam warriors, the death toll for the soldiers would not have been so low. This operation violates the human rights of FATA tribes.
Every time a high profile visitor comes to Pakistan someone so called militant looses life and the pattern continues
God bless the brave security forces who are battling these anti state criminals. The Pak military has proven their dedication time and again. Pakistan Zindabad.