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November 10, 2014

LI commander among 13 killed in Khyber blitz

World

AFP
November 10, 2014

BARA: Thirteen suspected militants were killed when Pakistan Air Force jet fighters blitzed their hideouts in the Khyber Agency, official sources said on Sunday.
Sources said the jet fighters targeted the hideouts of militants in the remote Akakhel area in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. Up to 13 suspected militants were killed and their 10 hideouts were destroyed in the air strikes.
The ISPR said a Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) commander and two suicide bombers were among the dead.However, the claims of security forces could not be verified independently. Security forces recently launched the ‘Operation Khyber-1’ against the militants in Bara and Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
Gunship helicopters, jet fighters and tanks were being used by security forces to target the hideouts of militants in the operation. Tribal sources said that many houses of tribesmen were destroyed during the air strikes by jet fighters and gunship helicopters in the ongoing operation in the Bara area and Tirah Valley.
The military operation and militant attacks have forced the tribesmen in Khajori and Tirah Valley to move to safer places in various cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Meanwhile, clashes between the militant organisation, the LI led by Mangal Bagh, and the pro-government peace body chief Haji Faqir, who was the former head of the LI for the Khajori area, have been continuing for the last several days. They are attacking each others’ hideouts in Shalobar and Malikdinkhel, sources said.