Three security men die during Tiraah operation

14 miscreants mowed down by PAF jets during last 24 hours

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Three security personnel were killed and two sustained serious wounds in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the remote Tiraah valley of Khyber agency on Wednesday while the troops were making advancement against the troublemakers, However, more than a dozen alleged troublemakers were also mowed down and an equal number of others wounded when PAF jets heavily pounded their hideouts near Pak-Afghan border during the last 24 hours.
It may be recalled that the Operation Khyber, the second leg of Operation Zerb-e-Azb, was resumed on Tuesday against the backdrop of the deadly attacks in Quetta last week leaving more than 70 people, mostly lawyers, dead.
Though the troubled Khyber Agency has been purged from troublemakers yet some pockets in the volatile Tiraah valley continue to pose threat to the forces and militants challenging the official writ in this hilly terrain.
Reports reaching here and as confirmed by the military sources said, the security forces troops that have kicked off operation against the miscreants on Tuesday morning heavily pounding militants’ hideouts were advancing on Wednesday towards another post in the Rajgal area when they were hit by an IED that was planted on the roadside by the militants. The blast left some six men in uniform critically injured who were rushed to military hospital in Peshawar where three of them succumbed to their injuries. At least three security personnel were killed and three others sustained injuries in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Rajgal area of Khyber Agency here on Wednesday as security forces operation continued against terrorists in Tiraah valley of Khyber Agency. According to details, during security forces operation against terrorists in Tiraah valley, a remote-controlled bomb blast targeted security forces.
As a result of the explosion three personnel died while three others were wounded. According to security sources, the blast occurred at a time when security personnel were advancing towards terrorist hideouts. It must be remembered that security forces had killed 15 militant in air strikes in Rajgal valley.
In the meanwhile, the security forces killed as many as 14 terrorists and seriously wounded around a dozen others during in 24 hours when Pakistan Air Force war birds went for reckless bombings on the militants’ positions close to Pak-Afghan borders.
Around 11 hideouts of the troublemakers were destroyed during the strikes. The operation was kicked off in Rajgal and Sataar Kalay areas in the remote Tiraah valley of the Khyber agency on Tuesday. The forces are reported to have consolidated their position in the difficult hilly terrain and captured important posts from the alleged terrorists. The action of security forces is in line with the revisited National Action Plan and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s directives of initiating combing operation in every troubled spot of the country and apprehend troublemakers at all costs.
Rajgal is the border village in Tiraah valley of Khyber agency and is mostly covered with dense forests and consists of hilly terrain providing safe havens to insurgents specially the fleeing militants belonging to the various militant outfits including that of Lashker-Islam of self-styled cleric-cum militant Mangal Bagh who has been challenging the official writ in the region for many years. The militants thus freely shuttle between this area and Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province and get support from the Afghan Taliban.

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