Troops kill 16 militants in Tirah valley: Military

By AFP
Published: May 5, 2013
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"Militants were seen fleeing from the area, leaving behind a huge cache of arms and ammunition," an army statement says. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

"Militants were seen fleeing from the area, leaving behind a huge cache of arms and ammunition," an army statement says. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

PESHAWAR: Troops overran two militant hideouts and killed 16 insurgents after heavy overnight fighting at a flashpoint near the Afghan border in which two soldiers also died, the military said Sunday.

The fighting took place in the wake of a fresh military push in the Tirah valley, where the military has been targeting Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam militia who threaten Peshawar.

Khyber straddles the Nato supply line into Afghanistan, used by US-led troops to evacuate military equipment ahead of their 2014 withdrawal, and officials say it is key to protecting security in Peshawar for historic elections next week.

“In a successful operation security forces last night captured Kismat Sur and Sanghar, two strong hideouts of militants in Tirah Valley,” the military said in a statement.

“Sixteen militants were killed in the operation. Two security personnel embraced martyrdom and three were wounded,” it said.

Independent verification of the death toll was not possible as the area is cut off to journalists and aid workers.

“Militants were seen fleeing from the area, leaving behind a huge cache of arms and ammunition,” the statement added.

Pakistan Army has been fighting for years against homegrown insurgents in the area, which Washington considers the main hub of Taliban and al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

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  • Enlightened
    May 5, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Good show, carry on regardless.

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  • misbah
    May 5, 2013 - 2:45PM

    if this is true than its good news, i just hope none of our soldiers lost their lives

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  • Modi
    May 5, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Long live Pakistan Army!!

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  • Bubba
    May 5, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Kudos to Pakistan brave soldiers. Query – you have an enormous army but never seem willing to bring the full force of that military to eliminate these “militants” – why is that?

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  • hassan
    May 5, 2013 - 7:04PM

    bravo mates keep it up. Long live Pakistan

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  • janaan
    May 5, 2013 - 10:03PM

    that is the real worth of TTP. run when real men arrive. wish army could have targeted the fleeing lices as well

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  • TightPatloon
    May 5, 2013 - 10:09PM

    From where did the confirmation came that they were terrorists I would like to know? They might be shepherds who got caught in crossfire. I think news houses should take precaution while reporting on such incidents and only go ahead when 100% certain.

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  • Saman
    May 17, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Sixteen, yeah right, LOL.Recommend

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