Restive frontiers: Six soldiers, 17 militants killed in Kurram clash

Published: January 26, 2012
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Troops take control of Jogi village after being attacked during a search operation. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Troops take control of Jogi village after being attacked during a search operation. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

KURRAM AGENCY: Six troops and 17 Taliban insurgents were killed as paramilitary troops wrenched back the control of the Jogi area in Central Kurram Agency in a battle that lasted for more than 24 hours.

A senior security official confirmed the casualties. “Control of Jogi was an important victory for the security forces in an area that had been a bone of contention in the agency,” the official told The Express Tribune requesting his name not be mentioned in the report.

AFP quoted another senior official of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) as saying that the troops are still engaged in a search and cordon operation after clearing most of the area.

Jogi is the area where security forces have consistently been attacked by militants. Tuesday’s fighting also left two security officials injured after an advancing party came under an attack from militants, sources said. The FC official put the number of attacking militants at 50.

Helicopter gunships and warplanes pounded suspected hideouts of militants in the area and security forces claimed 17 militants were killed in the blitz.

“It will be difficult for the militants to attack us now, and easy for us to clear the area,” said the official.

The air strikes targeted the militant factions which want to sabotage a truce between Shia and Sunni tribesmen which has resulted in the reopening of the Thall-Parachinar-Sada highway after a span of almost three years.

(WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Jan 25, 2012 - 1:35PM

    May Allah or any living entity in heavens rest our soldiers in highest state of tranquility. Ameen!

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  • shaheen1shaheen2
    Jan 25, 2012 - 2:10PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.May the Almighty Allah(swt) grant Jannah to the brave freedom fighters fighting against american sponsered army.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 25, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Shaheen, can you please be more clear? Do you mean Pakistan army as US sponsored & freedom fighters to ……. ?

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  • shaheen1shaheen2
    Jan 25, 2012 - 3:51PM

    why pak fauj fight america’s war,do they think pakhtun will remain silent when their homes are attacked by drone.so many videos on youtube which show ill treatment of pakhtuns by pak fauj.

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  • Amjad
    Jan 25, 2012 - 5:45PM

    @shaheen1shaheen2: You forget that Pak fauj has lots of Pashtun too so it is not a question of Pak fauj targetting any region of its own people. You think Pak fauj is targetting its own people for fun? Pak fauj is busy dealing with the criminality and abuse perpetrated by anti state agents and criminals sent across the border from Afghanistan. Why do you think the Pak army is always welcomed and respected by people in KPK. The videos of so called ill treatment are propaganda films made by anti Pakistan agents and have been exposed as such by local people.

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  • Khattak
    Jan 26, 2012 - 2:03AM

    @Amjad,,,,are you sure to say that Pak army is respected in Pahstoonkhwa or elsewhere?

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  • Cautious
    Jan 26, 2012 - 5:41AM

    I guess breaking your relations with the American’s didn’t satisfy these militants — it’s becoming apparent that these militants may have their own agenda and that simplistic rhetoric about “America’s war” is dead wrong.

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