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March 9, 2013

36 militants killed in Khyber, Orakzai

 
March 9, 2013

BARA: Thirty-six militants were killed in clashes in Khyber and Orakzai tribal agencies, official and tribal sources said on Friday.
Twenty militants and a volunteer of peace Lashkar Tauheedul Islam (TI) were killed in a joint operation carried out by security forces and Zakhakhel tribal Lashkar against the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in various areas of the Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.
The sources said security forces backed by the TI shelled positions of LI in Ghaibi Neka, Nari Baba and Spindrand. Jet fighters, besides artillery based at Mishtari camp and Merozi hilltops in Tirah and Bazaar Valley of Khyber Agency, took part in the action.
Official sources claimed that 20 militants associated with the LI were killed and a dozen others sustained injuries in the air strikes and artillery shelling by security forces.They said a member of TI was also killed and one injured in the joint operation against the militants. Sources in the militant outfit confirmed that five that five fighters including Ajmaan Khan, a commander of Mangal Bagh-led LI, were killed in the air strikes.
Three hideouts of militants were also destroyed in the military offensive. The sources said after operation, the TI and security forces took Zakhakhel area from LI and captured Katakanee and Deli hilltops.
Meanwhile, five militants of banned outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and three from Ansarul Islam (AI) were killed in fresh clashes in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Friday, the local sources said.
The sources said the TTP attacked the positions of AI in Khwajalee Tambu area in which five militants from the former and three from the latter were killed while five from both sides were injured.
Meanwhile, eight militants were killed and their three hideouts were destroyed in shelling by the jetfighters in Orakzai Agency on Thursday night, sources said.The sources said the security forces jetfighters pounded the sanctuaries of the militants in Nadir Mela and killed

eight insurgents, besides destroying three hideouts.