PESHAWAR: Security forces launched an operation against militant hideouts and killed 16 militants while 12 sustained injuries in Upper Orakzai Agency of the tribal belt.
Officials said security forces proceeded towards Dabori, Gokamar and Shadala area and targeted six hideouts after which militants started to escape from the area.
Officials added that the operation will be continued until peace is restored in the area.
“We have been chasing militants and continue it until we eliminate them and bring back peace to the once peaceful area,” officials said.
Earlier, security forces captured a Swat Taliban commander Hazrat Bilal and his accomplice from Mardan who had earlier escaped a military offensive in 2009.