5 militants killed in Army operation

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Girls’ wing of govt school blown up in SWA

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Clashes between the security forces and the alleged terrorists, planning to carry out subversive activities, in Mohmand Agency Saturday wee hours left at least five militants dead as the forces are said to have thwarted a bid of destruction in the region.
The fresh shootout between the miscreants and the troops followed deadly attacks on the men in uniform in Mohmand Agency a couple of days back when the attackers martyred nine Paramilitary troops in Yakka Ghund Tehsil and Darwazgae area in the agency during midnight ambushes. The Jammat ul Ahrar group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has owned the responsibility for both the deadly incidents.
The military sources said the militants killed on the night between Friday and Saturday are believed to be busy in planning terrorists attacks in different parts of the settled and tribal areas and were engaged by the forces some three kilometers south of the Mohmand Agency headquarters Ghalanai.
“Five terrorist were killed by the security forces in Mohmand agency early morning on Saturday. The terrorists were engaged by the security forces three kilometers south-east of Ghalanai when they were planning terrorists activities,” said the Inter Services Public Relations communiqué issued to media Saturday morning adding the dead bodies of the militants were handed over to the political administration of Mohmand Agency.
The independent sources said, the miscreants when intercepted by the forces resorted to firing on the security men forcing them retaliate with full might adding few militants also managed to slip away during the shootout with the troops and operation has been launched to arrest the fleed persons.
Meanwhile, militants blew up part of a newly constructed government school in the South Waziristan region late Friday night, a spokesman for a wing of the Pakistani Taliban said on Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks on educational institutions.
A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, known as the Sajna group claimed responsibility for the attack “We have blown up the school because it was a government installation,” said Azam Tariq, spokesman for Sajna, warning the group would continue to attack government targets. No one was hurt in the blast, but 18 labourers working on the site were abducted and released shortly after.
Officials in South Waziristan said the girls’ wing of the primary school in the tehsil Tiarza area was damaged in Friday’s blast, as well as some heavy machinery being used for ongoing construction at the site.