Operation updates: 22 militants killed in Datta Khel air strikes

ISPR says militant hideouts were targeted late Tuesday night


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ISPR says two arms and ammunition dumps also destroyed in the strikes. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan on June 15, 2014 launched a military operation against militants in the troubled North Waziristan agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Get all the updates of the operation, code-named Zarb-e-Azb, here. All stories relating to Zarb-e-Azb can be found on this trend page as well.

Below is an interactive Google map of Fata, which follows the Zarb-e-Azab Operation, and will be updated as information flows in. Navigate military strikes and areas of influence from the key on the left. To get details of individual attacks, hover over the pins and click them. Zoom in for a closer look, change the display type or switch extra layers off . The yellow pins mark recent drone strikes that have occurred in the region, while blue pins mark suicide attacks.





April 22, 1:30pm

At least 22 militants were killed in precise aerial strikes late last night in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, according to Inter Services Public Relations.

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March 25, 12:00pm

At least 15 militants were killed in a clash early Saturday in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, according to ISPR.

The ISPR said a group of militants were spotted near a military post in Mastak Sub Sector in the Tirah valley.

"Troops on post valiantly engaged terrorists and surrounded them, intense gun battle took place. 15 terrorists were killed, three soldiers were also injured in action," the statement read.

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March 25, 02:58pm

At least 30 suspected militants were killed when security forces carried out airstrikes on militant sanctuaries in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, Lashkar-e-Islam’s spokesperson Salahuddin Ayubi was also killed in the strikes.

A statement issued by the army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), while confirming the military action, said two arms and ammunition dumps were also destroyed in the strikes.

 

Read full story here.

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March 18, 11:45am

In precise aerial strikes conducted in Khyber Agency's Tirah region, 34 militants were killed, Inter-Services Public Relations confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.

Security forces have carried out raids and air strikes earlier today in which militants from Tehreek-e-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam have been killed. Six camps were also destroyed in the process.

In an attempt to eradicate terrorism from the country, security forces have carried out several air strikes and raids.

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March 13, 4:29pm

According to the ISPR, a total of 48 terrorists were killed from aerial strikes in Tirah, Khyber Agency on Friday.

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March 13, 2:39pm

Precise aerial strikes in Tirah, Khyber Agency on Friday morning killed 22 terrorists, said the ISPR.

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February 20, 5:03pm

Five terrorists and a Pakistan Army soldier were killed during a clash between militants and security forces in Datta Khel, North Waziristan on Friday, said ISPR.

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February 12, 9:30am

At least seven suspected militants were killed in air strikes in the Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley.

Another 15 were also injured during the attack that that was carried out in the morning.

Read the full story here.

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January 25, 3:45pm

At least 35 militants, including foreigners, were killed in fresh air strikes targeting militant hideouts in Datta Khel, according to Inter Services Public Relations.

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January 16, 5:36pm

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said security forces have killed 2,000 militants in North Waziristan so far, Radio Pakistan reported on Friday.

Read here for the full story.

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January 15, 5:40pm

Director-General ISPR Asim Bajwa said on Wednesday that Pakistan Army has made important achievements in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in North Waziristan agency.

Further, he said the armed forces have been carrying out operation against terrorists without any discrimination.

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January 7, 5:00pm

Twelve militants were killed as gunship helicopters targeted militant hideouts in Datta Khel, according to ISPR.

Four militant hideouts and seven vehicles were destroyed in the air blitz.

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December 26, 9:27pm

The army said on Friday evening that fresh aerial strikes in Datta Khel, North Waziristan, had killed 23 terrorists.

A statement from the Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the precise strikes in north Datta Khel had also destroyed some important compounds were destroyed including a large underground ammunition dump and tunnel system.

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December 26, 10:20am

Two US drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in North Waziristan on Friday killing at least seven people. Read more about the strikes here.



December 20, 10:09am

21 militants were killed and seven militant hideouts were destroyed in fresh airstrikes in Khyber Agency, Express News reported, quoting security forces.



December 19, 11:00pm

During his visit to Khyber Agnecy on Friday, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif reviewed progress made during the on going ground offensive against militants.

The Army chief was informed that in three different actions over last two days, 62 terrorists were killed in ground action while another 57 were killed by aerial strikes.

The COAS later met with soldiers and appreciated their spirit and high morale.

We will continue to hit these terrorists where ever they are and operations will continue till we eliminate the last terrorist, General Sharif reiterated.

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December 19, 4:00pm

Eighteeen militants were killed during a ground operation this morning in Bara, Khyber Agency, according to ISPR.

A search and cordon operation was carried out in Tangisar and Kongana Kamar in the agency during which the militants were killed.

Further, army chief General Raheel Sharif has left for Khyber Agency to visit front line troops participating in the ground operation.



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December 19, 10:12am

Pakistan Army killed 32 suspected terrorists in a ground operation in Khyber Agency, Express News reported on Friday.

According to ISPR, a group of terrorists was moving from Tirah towards Pakistan-Afghan border when security forces ambushed them at Wurmagai and Spurkot areas.

Three soldiers were also injured when the militants responded and opened fire.

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December 10, 2:10pm

Eleven militants were killed in airstrikes in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Tuesday, according to Inter Services Public Relations statement.

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December 9, 9:41am

Rumour has it that Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a militant commander allied with the Haqqani network, was killed in recent military air strikes in Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency where a military operation has been ongoing since mid-June.

Military warplanes targeted a compound where 30 to 40 top commanders of Gul Bahadur’s Shura Mujahideen North Waziristan were having a consultative meeting, according to civil and military officials. Almost all of them were either killed or injured, the officials added.

Read the full story here.

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December 8, 2:09pm

The army has given the go-ahead to civilian authorities to start the phased return of over one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) to North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in what appears to be the first clear sign that military is nearing completion of Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’, which began on June 15.

Read the full story here.

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December 8, 1:25pm

Airstrikes have killed at least 30 militants, including "important commanders" of a local warlord, in North Waziristan, officials and militant sources said Monday.

The target of the late Sunday strikes, in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, were local warlords Hafiz Gul Bahadur and his ally Sadiq Noor, security officials said.

Read the full story here.

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December 6, 7:29pm

Director General Inter Services Intelligence (DG ISI) Asim Bajwa on Saturday said that over 400 suspected militants have surrendered during the ongoing Operation Khyber-I.

Read here for the full story.

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December 6, 12:53pm

Security forces killed key al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma and rounded up several suspected militants on Saturday during a targeted operation in Wana subdivision of South Waziristan Agency.

During the raid a soldier was also killed while another was critically injured.


A file photo of Havildar Masood who was killed today in Shinwarsak area in South Wazirastan. PHOTO: ISPR

DG ISPR took to his Twitter account to announce the news and lauded the efforts of the raiding team:



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December 3, 1:30pm

Fifteen militants were killed in aerial strikes targeting militant hideouts in North Waziristan, according to an Inter Services Public Relations statement.

Read the full story here.

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December 2, 10:20am

At least 32 militants, including foreigners, were killed in fresh military action in North Waziristan and Orakzai tribal regions on Tuesday.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), military warplanes strafed the hideouts of militants in scattered areas of Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan. At least 17 militants, including foreigners, were killed and several of their hideouts were flattened in the blitz, it added without sharing further details with the media.

Separately, security forces successfully repulsed a pre-dawn militant attack on a check post they were manning in the Sherin Dara area of Orakzai Agency. The attackers were forced to retreat after suffering heavy casualties.

Read the full story here.

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November 25, 4:23pm

Twenty terrorists were killed in precise aerial strikes conducted by Pakistan security forces in North Waziristan, said an ISPR statement on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, intelligence officials say those killed in strikes were suspected members of the Haqqani network.

Read the full story here.

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November 21, 6:23pm

Twenty two militants were killed in Khyber Agency in precise aerial strikes, according to ISPR.

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November 18, 1:55pm

Six militants were killed and several injured in air strikes in Tirah Valley on Tuesday, Express News reported.

Further, three militant hideouts were also destroyed.

Read the full story here.

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November 17, 5:00pm

Ten militants have surrendered to security forces, along with their weapons in the Bara area of Khyber Agency, a press release from ISPR stated.

Since the start of Operation Khyber 1, a total of 350 militants, including 20 militant group commanders have surrendered to the security forces.



November 16, 2:33am

Seven suspected terrorists were killed during a search operation in Datta Khel last night, ISPR said on Sunday.

Three soldiers were also killed while four were injured in an exchange of fire with the suspected militants during the operation.

Read the story here.

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November 16, 11:33am

At least 27 suspected militants were killed in air strikes in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, Express News reported on Sunday quoting ISPR.

The dead included important commanders and foreign fighters.

According to ISPR, militant hideouts were pounded in the aerial attack.

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November 16, 10:15am

Pakistan Army has so far cleared 90 per cent of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of terrorists and eliminated the Haqqani network and East Turkistan Movement from the area, commander of Operation Zarb-e-Azb Major General Zafarullah Khan said on Saturday.

He said forces killed 1,198 terrorists and injured 356 during the on-going military operation launched in June this year.

Read full story here.

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November 14, 12:41pm

Thirty suspected terrorists were killed in precise air strikes on militant hideouts in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Friday.

According to ISPR, foreign fighters were also killed in the latest attack.

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November 12, 12:07pm

Nineteen suspected terrorists including some important commanders were killed in aerial strikes carried out in Sandapal, Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

According to ISPR, security forces targeted and destroyed five militant hideouts and an ammunition depot.

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November 11, 7:00pm

Later in the day, the Inter Services Public Relations said that 13 militants, including foreigners, were killed in aerial strikes in the Daras area of Khyber Agency.

Three militant hideouts were also destroyed as a result.

The strikes were carried out after the military received information reports about the presence of militants hiding out who were involved in the Wagah Border blast.

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November 11, 1:36pm

Operation Khyber-1 is progressing successfully as per plan, military sources said on Tuesday.

A number of 135 terrorists have been killed including top commanders since the start of the operation, the sources added.

It was further confirmed that 250 terrorists including important commanders of the miscreants have also surrendered till date.



November 9, 10:05am

At least thirteen militants, including a top commander known for training suicide bombers and two suicide bombers, were killed on Sunday in air strikes in Aka Khel and Tirah valley areas of Khyber Agency, according to an Inter Services Public Relations statement.

“Ten militant hideouts and an ammunition depot were destroyed in the attack,” the statement added.



November 7, 10:22am

Six suspected militants were killed on Friday during a search operation in Khyber Agency, Express News reported.

Miscreants and security forces clashed in Tirah during the operation. A few suspects were also arrested during the raid, however, the exact number is not known yet.



November 6, 3:40pm

Operation Zarb-e-Azb has helped disrupt Haqqani network’s ability to launch attacks on Afghan territory, a senior commander for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan said.

In a Pentagon-hosted video briefing from Afghanistan on Wednesday, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson said Haqqani network was now fractured just like the Taliban.

Read here for the full story.November 5, 10:30am

At least five suspect militants were killed and eight others injured when security forces, with help of artillery, shelled hideouts in Tirah, Khyber Agency in the early hours of Wednesday.

The attack comes a day after militants targetted security forces and peace lashkar in Bazar Zakhakhel, killing five people including four security personnel.

Read the full story here.



November 2, 5:00pm

Minister for States and Frontier Region Abdul Qadir Baloch said on Sunday the government is providing all possible facilities to those displaced due to the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in North Waziristan.

“Maximum funds are being spent in this regard despite financial constraints,” he said, according to Radio Pakistan.

“The government is tackling this issue in addition to meeting its responsibilities towards the Afghan refugees,” the minister added.

Baloch said additional funds are being generated to provide better health and educational facilities to the internally displaced people (IDPs) living in camps.

Responding to a question, he said all the IDPs will be rehabilitated as soon as the operation achieves its set targets.



October 31, 6:44pm

Twenty-nine Afghan nationals who were in custody of security forces were handed over to Afghanistan at Ghulam Khan on the Pak-Afghan border on Friday as a goodwill gesture, according to ISPR.

The Afghans were apprehended from various areas of North Waziristan agency during ongoing military Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

After a detailed investigation, it was established that the 29 Afghans did not have links with terrorists, but were illegal immigrants without valid documents.



October 30, 9:10pm

Twenty militants were killed in airstrikes in Khyber Agency this afternoon, according to ISPR.

Further, five militant hideouts were destroyed.



October 29, 12:07pm

Twenty militants were killed and eight others sustained injuries in latest airstrikes by Pakistan Air Force in Khyber Agency, security officials told Express News on Wednesday.

The airstrikes took place in Akka Khel area of the Agency.



October 27, 5:15pm

In two separate incidents of aerial strikes 33 militants were killed and nine militant hideouts destroyed, according to Inter Services Public Relations.

"In early morning aerial strikes ahead of Dattakhel, 18 militants were killed. Later, in Gharlamai area another 15 militants were killed by gunship helicopters," the statement added.

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October 27, 3:15am

Pakistani officials claim to have found evidence of ‘new sanctuaries’ set up by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates in the Afghan territory near the border with North Waziristan Agency, where a massive military operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Azb, has been ongoing since mid-June.

Read the full story here.

October 25, 12:18pm

Pakistan Army on Sunday said it had killed 18 militants in air attacks in Khyber Agency near the Afghan border.

The strikes took place Saturday night in Khyber district, the military said in a statement.

Read more here.



October 22, 1:00pm

DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is going well, adding that 1100 militants have been killed so far. Moreover, Bajwa said that the operation does not have a specific timeline and will end once all militants are eliminated.

Addressing the issue of the IDPs, Bajwa said that the army is working towards making a ‘comprehensive plan’ to rehabilitate them.

Bajwa was addressing the media after a friendly cricket match was played between the IDPs accompanied by star cricketer Shahid Afridi and the army.

Read about the match here.



October 21, 7:54pm

As many as 28 terrorists were killed in the air strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations, those killed include foreign fighters.

Read the full story here.



October 17, 11:48am

Eight militants were killed in clashes with security forces in Khyber Agency, Express News reported on Friday.

Sources said that a hideout of the militants was also destroyed during the clashes, which took place in the Aka Khel area of the agency.

Read more here.

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October 16, 1:05pm

As many as 21 suspected terrorists were killed in air strikes in the Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley on Thursday, the Pakistan military said in a statement released the same day.

Five terrorist hideouts were also destroyed in the precise aerial strikes carried out as part of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The latest air strikes came as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) headquarters and received a briefing on the service’s part in the ongoing operation being carried out in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

Read the full story here.

Yesterday, at least five people were killed and seven injured in a suicide attack targeting members of a peace committee in Tirah valley.

A suicide bomber had walked up to a checkpoint manned by volunteers of a local peace committee in the Peer Mela area of Tirah Valley and detonated the explosives strapped to his body, according to officials from the local political administration.



October 12, 12:31pm

Pakistan Air Force targeted two militant hideouts in Datta Khel and killed 11 terrorists, Express News reported quoting ISPR.

The total number of militants killed today has reached 21.

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October 12, 10:54am

Aerial bombing in Khyber Agency’s Koki Khel area left three militants dead, Express News reported on Sunday.

The death toll from today’s bombing rose to 10 as jet planes struck three more hideouts in the tribal region.

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October 12, 10:43am

Jet planes pounded hideouts of militants in Tirah Valley on Sunday, killing 7 terrorists, Express News reported.



October 9, 11:45pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared that the war against militants in the tribal areas is being won, while becoming the first elected prime minister to ever visit North Waziristan Agency.

The premier, accompanied by federal ministers, arrived in Miramshah on Monday to boost the morale of troops taking part in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and to be briefed on the progress of the operation.


Nawaz distributes gifts to IDPs in Miramshah. PHOTO: PID



October 5, 11:45pm

Pakistani military will continue targeting militants in North Waziristan Agency during upcoming winters, a senior security official said on Sunday, dispelling an impression that the harsh weather may force military authorities to halt Operation Zarb-e-Azb which has been ongoing since mid-June.

Read the full story here.

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October 3, 10:15am

Fifteen militants were killed in air strikes in Khyber Agency, and three militant hideouts were destroyed, Express News reported quoting ISPR.

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October 1, 12:53pm

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the progress in Zarb-e-Azb operation during the 175th Corps Commanders’ conference at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.



September 28, 12:53pm

At least 15 militants were killed in air attacks carried out on five insurgent hideouts in the Shawal area of North Waziristan overnight, a military statement said.

"In precise aerial strikes last night 5 terrorists hideouts were destroyed and 15 terrorists including foreigners were," it said.

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September 23, 3:17pm

Nineteen militants were killed in air strikes on militant hideouts in Dandi Kachkol near Ghulam Khan, Gurbaz and Mana near Pasht Ziarat in North Waziristan, ISPR reports.

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September 21, 4:20pm

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with army chief General Raheel Sharif, Express News reported.

The army chief briefed the premier on the progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the rehabilitation of those displaced due the operation.

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September 21, 4:15pm

Twenty-three militants were killed in airstrikes in Bangidar area of Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan Agency, according to an ISPR press release.

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September 20, 4:38pm

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)  on Saturday said that they lost a senior commander, identified as Gul Hasan Afghani, in clashes with security forces in the North Waziristan tribal region.

TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said that Commander Hasan was killed in clashes with the Pakistan Army in the Boya area of the agency two days ago.

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COMMENTS (348)

Tyggar | 7 years ago | Reply

Ok the image has been changed now

Tyggar | 7 years ago | Reply

File photo of a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder.

I thought JF-17 was a single tail design, The image here shows a twin tailed aircraft? Wierd!!

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