At least eight militants were killed and two bunkers of militants were destroyed in air strikes in Orakzai and Khyber agencies on Saturday.
According to an official of the security forces, three jet fighters of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) bombed two hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in Gawak area of Orakzai and Mathra area of Khyber Agencies, adding that the strike was carried out at around 8:00 pm.
The official added that one jet targeted a hideout of Aslam Farooq, a TTP commander of Lower Orakzai Agency chapter, while two fighter planes struck a TTP bunker in Mathra area of Khyber Agency. “The fighters dropped two bombs on Gwak and eight in Mathra,” the official added.
However, sources said security forces were facing resistance from militants in Mamozai, Ali Khel and Gwak areas of the agency since they share a border with the troubled Khyber Agency from where militants infiltrate into Orakzai and target the armed forces.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2012.