Three militants were killed on Saturday as clashes between militants and security forces in Bajaur Agency entered the ninth day.
A security official claimed that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman for Bajaur Agency, Shahid Umer, and TTP commander Huzaifa are among the Taliban fatalities. He claimed that militants have been flushed out from most parts of the Batwar area, the scene of recent fighting.
Meanwhile, an administration official said that two civilians were killed and four injured when two missiles fired from the Afghan province of Kunar hit a pick-up vehicle in the Kamangara area.
Meanwhile, during a news conference in Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Sirajul Haq said that around 3,000 families have fled from the area. Siraj demanded temporary ceasefire in the area to evacuate the civilians, adding that health and food facilities should be provided to the displaced people.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2012.