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- Sunday, February 10, 2013 - From Print Edition


KALAYA/BARA: At least 30 militants were killed and 20 others sustained injuries when jetfighters bombed suspected positions of militants in Orakzai Agency and Khyber Agency on Saturday, official and tribal sources said.


The sources said that in Orakzai Agency jetfighters blitzed the hideouts of militants in Neka Ziarat, Botakhel Killay, Sama Bazaar, Adokhel and Jandari in the Taliban-controlled Mamozai area.


They said the shelling, which started at 1:00 pm, continued for two hours on the fifth consecutive day. “Eighteen militants were killed and 14 others injured in the shelling while eight hideouts were also destroyed,” the sources said. The sources said the locals shifted the injured militants to a private clinic in Arghanjo. However, some reports claimed that the militants did not allow civilians into the area. Twelve militants were killed and six others injured when the security force shelled the ‘bunkers’ of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam in the Naribaba area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency, the sources said.


The sources said that jetfighters bombarded Katakani, Khazana, Deli Sar and Merozi hilltops occupied by LI in Naribaba. Similarly, the security forces also shelled the same positions with artillery from Mishtari FC camp in Bazaar valley. The sources said 12 militants, including four from the LI and eight from Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan were killed and three others were injured in the shelling. Meanwhile, the Tirah-based Ansarul Islam (AI) recaptured one of the positions from the TTP in Adamkhel area close to the Mamozai area in Orakzai Agency. The Zakhakhel tribal lashkar, known as Tauheedul Islam (TI), occupied Merozi and Khazana hilltops and continued its attacks on Deli Sar to capture it. Three of the volunteers of TA were also injured in the fighting. Spokesperson for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Hafiz Saeed disputed the security forces claim.