17 militants, 3 militia men, security offical killed in Khyber clash

A clash between Pakistani troops and Taliban killed 17 militants, three members of a local militia, and one soldier.


Our Correspondent February 17, 2012

PESHAWAR: 17 militants along with three members of the Lashkar and a security person were killed during a joint operation in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, officials said on Friday.

According to sources security forces pounded militant hideouts in different areas of Tirah, Sub-Division Bara considered to be a stronghold of the Lashkar-e-Islam.

Sources told The Express Tribune that a local Lashkar (militia), which had been raised against the militants, along with the security forces clashed with militants. “17 militants were killed," claimed an official, adding "three members of the Lashkar and one security person were also killed."

The areas of Bara have been under curfew for almost three years now where security forces have been battling the Mangal-Bagh led Lashkar-e-Islam and other militants.

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