ORAKZAI / MOHMAND AGENCY: Security forces have killed 17 militants in two separate operations in Mohmand and Orakzai Agencies and left several militants injured in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Pakistan.
Forces have killed 12 militants in a shelling operation in Khadeezai, Mushti Kandao and Mamozai areas of Orakzai Agency.
Talking to Express 24/7, correspondent Iftikhar Firdous said gunship helicopters pounded militant hideouts in Lower Orakzai, destroying three hideouts and injuring seven militants
The operation takes place at a time when the repatriation process of people displaced due to Fata operation has started, reports Firdous, adding that repatriation to Lower Orakzai is almost complete. The displaced locals are set to move back to their homes in a few days.
According to security officials, the area has been declared clear, however, Firdous reports that militants have planted roadside bombs in the recent week. Last week, six FC personnel were killed and two others injured in a mine blast in the Yakh Kandao area in Upper Orakzai.
Operation in Mohmand
Security forces have killed five militants in clashes in the Anbar area of Mohmand Agency, while 10 militants were reportedly injured in the clashes.
It is also learnt that a land mine was defused during the operation.