Jets kill 15 Taliban militants in Upper Orakzai: Officials

Military jets destroy four militant hideouts after receiving tip-offs from intelligence sources.


Afp February 23, 2012

PESHAWAR: Jets bombed militant hideouts in Upper Orakzai area early on Thursday, killing at least 15 Taliban insurgents, officials said.

The jets targeted hideouts in the area and destroyed four compounds in the rugged terrain near the Afghan border.

“Two war planes were sent to the area early this morning after reports from local intelligence sources that militants from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were hiding in the mountainous region,” a senior military officer told AFP.

“The bombings targeted Khadizai, Samarbazar and Bermela areas and destroyed four hideouts,” he said adding that at least 15 militants were killed.

Local security officials confirmed the air strikes and the casualties.

Independent confirmation of the death toll was not immediately possible as the lawless tribal region is barred for journalists.

Most of Upper Orakzai is in Taliban hands and is the scene of frequent clashes between security forces and militants while government troops are in control of its lower reaches.

A similar air strike early this month left 20 militants dead, officials said.

Pakistan's seven tribal districts near the Afghan border are rife with homegrown insurgents and are strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

Militants have killed more than 4,800 people across Pakistan since government troops raided a mosque in Islamabad in July 2007.

COMMENTS (11)

US Centcom | 9 years ago | Reply

Dear forum readers,

The U.S. fully supports and backs Pakistan in its fight against the militants who continue to threaten the nation with their acts of terror. The nation of Pakistan has suffered enough at the hands of these terrorists, and we encourage Pakistan to eradicate the threat that continues to haunt the nation. Our common wish to see the region free and clear of terrorism is binding us together in our fight against these terrorists. Despite all the challenges that have arisen in the recent past, we continue to push forward because of our shared will and desire to defeat terrorism. Those who try to overshadow our efforts and sacrifices with conspiracy theories should remember that the reason our governments are still making an honest effort to work together is because of our stance against terrorism. We will not let allow terrorism to succeed, and will not let conspiracy theories deter us from stabilizing the region. We will remain focused until our common objectives are achieved in the region.

well-wisher | 9 years ago | Reply Those who kill innocent civilians should be eliminated by any mean. The violent and inhuman methods employed for propogating their cause is truly un-Islamic. No further negotiations should be held with this outfit and operations against them should continue till its surrender.
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