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Zarb-e-Azb Day 6: At least 12 militants killed, 24 held

June 20, 2014
 
Zarb-e-Azb Day 6: At least 12 militants killed, 24 held

RAWALPINDI: Substantial strategic achievements were made on Day-6 of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan Army’s major crackdown on the terrorists, raging in the rugged mountainous territories of lawless North Waziristan Agency, Samaa reported.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, armed forces bombed three terrorist retreats to ground in Qutab Khel, located on the outskirts of Miranshah, killing at least a dozen militants including foreign fighters.

“It was an integrated action by Cobra helicopter gunships, artillery, and snipers”, the statement said.

Huge cache of arms and ammunition was also fried by the , the ISPR said.

Pakistan army said that with the noose tightening around their necks, the panicked terrorists trapped in the besieged areas were making desperate attempts to escape.

“On last night alone at least six such attempted getaways were scotched, whereas three locals who failed to show any identification were taken into custody while trying to breach the cordon.

The ISPR also told media that another 24 suspects, who were trying to flee in the guise of IDPs were arrested at various strangulation checkpoints in Mirali and Miranshah.

It further said that an organized evacuation of IDPs from North Waziristan Agency towards FR Bannu was underway.

“Till now 200,000 persons have been evacuated from the area, while 11 families (92 individuals) have been enlisted in the IDP camp, Bakkakhel, Bannu, so far”, the statement said.

Moreover, at least 400 Afghan families left North Waziristan Agency for Afghanistan through Ghulam Khan Border village yesterday, under the administrative superintendence of Pakistan Army.

“Additional Lady Searchers (Police) and NADRA/SmartCard vans have been engaged at IDP registration point to further streamline the registration process at Saidgai registration point, whereas a total 20 booths –10 each for male and female IDPs– are continuously functioning for expeditious registration”, the ISPR said.  

Nearly 250 insurgents have been killed since the start of the operation on Sunday, according to security officials, though it is not possible to confirm the number or identity of those killed.

The military offensive began after a bloody and dramatic attack on Karachi airport last week brought an end to months of largely fruitless government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

 
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