FATA Timeline - 2009
A suspected United States missile
strike killed at least five Taliban
militants in South Waziristan Agency.
A local security official told that a US drone had fired three
missiles in the Karikot area of Wana in the agency - the same
spot where eight suspected militants were killed in a US drone
strike 10 days ago. One of the missiles struck a vehicle, killing
all five passengers, another security official said, adding those
killed were known Taliban militants. The other two missiles hit
a hilltop house that was a known Taliban hideout, but was empty
at the time of the strike, the officials said. One militant was
injured in the strike, they added.
Four civilians were killed in
Bajaur Agency when Taliban militants fired rockets at local Government
offices. At least four rockets landed near a court and the Government
complex in Khar, the main town in Bajaur, local administration
chief Israr Khan told. "The attack left four civilians dead
and 16 injured," Khan added. Officials said that at least
six rockets were fired on Civil Colony, where Government offices
and residential quarters for officials are located. One of the
rockets, the officials said, hit the office of FATA Rural Development
Adviser to the Prime Minister
on Interior Rehman Malik said that the writ of the Government
had already been established in four sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency,
and Charmang and Mamoond sub-divisions would be under the complete
control of the Government by the end of this month.
One soldier was killed and two
others sustained injuries as clashes between the Security Forces
(SFs) and militants continued in the Safi tehsil (revenue
division) and adjoining areas of the Mohmand Agency for the second
consecutive day. The SFs also claimed to have killed several militants
when their hideouts were dynamited besides arresting 10 suspects
and recovering explosives and suicide vests from them during the
operation in different areas of the agency.
Militants attacked the SFs’ check-posts
in Darwazgai-II and Lakaro with mortar guns and rocket launchers
after which a fierce clash started. Sources added that a mortar
shell fired by the militants hit the Darwazgai-II checkpoint in
which a soldier, Niaz Muhammad Jan, was killed and two others
wounded. A spokesman for the Mohmand Rifles, a wing of the paramilitary
Frontier Corps (FC) in Ghallanai, told the media that they targeted
different areas of Safi, Lakaro and Utmanzai with artillery and
mortar guns, killing several militants. "We have also arrested
10 suspects in Qandaro area who were transporting arms and ammunition
to their associates engaged in clashes with the security forces
in Darwazgai-II and Lakaro checkpoints. A vehicle laden with explosive
devices, Kalashnikovs, bombs, suicide jackets and masks was captured,"
the spokesman claimed while showing the seized items to journalists.
He said SFs targeted several suspected hideouts with artillery
and dynamited 25 houses of those helping the militants in the
Qandaro, Habibzai, Haider Koroona, Malakana and Sandokhel areas.
The Taliban publicly executed
an alleged ring leader of a gang of kidnappers in the Kurram Agency.
The militants had charged Mohammad Yaqoot Khan with kidnapping
two Sikh men in the Tora Warai area of Central Kurram. A large
crowd reportedly watched the hanging of the man in the main Sadda
bazaar. Later the militants sprayed his body with bullets. It
is the first incident of public execution in Lower Kurram.
Claiming a major breakthrough
on the third day of the ongoing operation against the militants
and outlaws in Khyber Agency, the political authorities indicated
at reopening the Pakistan-Afghan Highway by January 3. Authorities
said 80 per cent of the targets were achieved as several notorious
criminals were either arrested or surrendered to the administration.
Some 13 houses, used for anti-social activities, were also demolished.
The encroachments along the Jamrud Bazaar and the adjoining areas
were removed. Sources said 15 more wanted criminals were arrested
on January 1, bringing the tally of those arrested during the
last three days of the operation to 43. A total of 33 structures,
including houses and guest houses, were demolished in the operation.
The NATO supplies snatched earlier were also recovered during
the operation. The looted items were recovered from the house
of Adam Jee in Wazir Dhand area, prompting the troops to demolish
the house after retrieving the snatched goods. Briefing the media,
Political Agent of the Khyber Agency Tariq Hayat said that on
the third day of the operation, militants’ hideouts and criminal
dens in Ghundi, Shahkas and Wazir Dhand area were targeted with
artillery shells before the troops moved in.
Four militants were killed and
three others injured when a CIA-operated spy plane fired two Hellfire
missiles at a Government-run girls’ school in the Ladha sub-division
of South Waziristan Agency, the second attack in as many days.
Tribal sources told that two pilotless spy planes were seen hovering
over the Mehsud-inhabited areas before the air strikes on the
school and a nearby-parked car. The drone reportedly fired two
Hellfire missiles, one of them hitting the building of the Government
Girls’ Primary School, Maidan Naray, and the other destroying
the car owned by the militants. According to sources, four militants
reportedly belonging to the Punjab, died and three others sustained
injuries in the attack.
In the Khisoor area of South Waziristan,
a remote-controlled roadside bomb killed a Baitullah Mehsud supporter
and injured three others when it hit their vehicle.
Unidentified gunmen killed an
elder of the Mamoond tribe in Kalan village of Bajaur Agency.
46-year old Malik Stana Khan was shot dead when he was on his
way to Kalan, a political administration official said.
Militants attacked a Security
Forces’ checkpoint in the Safi-inhabited areas of Lakaro sub-division
of Mohmand Agency, prompting retaliation by the paramilitary forces.
However, no casualty from either side was reported in the incident.
Sources said militants used heavy weapons, including mortar guns,
to attack the Lakaro checkpoint. In response, the SFs targeted
suspected positions of the militants with heavy artillery and
other sophisticated weapons. The paramilitary forces targeted
suspected hideouts of militants with heavy artillery from their
bases at the agency headquarters of Ghallanai. However, no casualty
or material loss in the fresh offensive in Lakaro could be ascertained
because of faulty communication system in the area.
Traffic on the Pakistan-Afghanistan
Highway resumed after the political authorities relaxed the curfew
on the fourth day of the military operation against the militants
and criminals in Khyber Agency. Curfew was relaxed for five hours
shortly after 11 am (PST), paving the way for hundreds of vehicles,
including those carrying goods for NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan,
to cross over to the neighbouring country.
The political administration displayed
a large quantity of arms and ammunition and truckloads of looted
goods, including that of the NATO supplies at the Jamrud Fort.
These goods were recovered during the operation. The weapons included
five mortar guns, a heavy and a light anti-aircraft gun, three
light machineguns, 10 rocket launchers and 15 AK-47 rifles and
thousands of rounds of various denominations. Political Agent
Tariq Hayat claimed to have achieved 80 percent of the targets
set for the operation. He said while many were arrested under
the collective responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulations,
Security Forces also detained 43 proclaimed offenders. He stated
the Government’s resolve to continue the operation until all the
six groups that the authorities claimed operating in the Khyber
Agency were neutralised.
SFs carried out limited action
against militant hideouts in Ali Masjid area of the Jamrud sub-division,
where an office of the Mangal Bagh-led Lashkar-e-Islam was also
demolished. Some 25 structures, including houses and shops, were
also demolished in the adjacent Wazeer Dhand area.
The Taliban in North Waziristan
Agency (NWA) banned the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP),
co-education and sale and consumption of narcotics and alcohol
in the tribal region, warning violators of death sentence after
a January 5 deadline. The decisions were taken at a meeting of
the central Shura (council of consultation) of the pro-Government
Taliban, led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, at Miranshah. The decisions
of the Shura were later announced in several mosques of
the tribal region whereas pamphlets inscribed with the verdict
were also distributed. Announcements were made through loudspeakers
in mosques and prayer leaders informed the faithful about the
new laws through the Friday sermons. The militant leaders, while
criticising the BISP, argued that widows and other poor deserving
women from the NWA were forced to visit offices of political administration
which, they said, was against the tribal customs and traditions.
"The women of the NWA will then be persuaded to visit Peshawar
and Islamabad for the collection of the BISP," the Shura
anticipated, adding initiation of such a programme in the
tribal region was meant to morally corrupt the poor tribal women.
The Shura also announced
a ban on co-education in NWA from January 5. In Miranshah, the
headquarters of North Waziristan, despite militancy and unrest,
some private schools are reportedly still imparting co-education.
The drug pushers and owners of compact disc (CDs) shops were also
warned to wind up their businesses or face the consequences. The
Taliban militants warned of capital punishment for possession
of drugs, especially alcohol. "Anyone found in possession
of alcohol will be awarded death sentence," said the announcements
made from various mosques of the NWA after the Shura meeting.
The militants also warned violators of the Shura decisions of
severe punishment. In addition, pamphlets were issued at Mirali
in which the militants warned kidnappers of strict action.
The Orakzai chapter of the proscribed
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has established Sharia (Islamic
law) courts and complaint centres in most parts of the agency,
directing people to resolve their disputes in accordance with
the Islamic laws. Following the enforcement of Sharia in
Mamozai, Akhonkot, Tor Samat, Baghbani Killay, Jabah, Mirkalamkhel,
Farid Garhi, Ghaljo, Kundi Sheikhan, Ghundako Killay, Saifal Darra,
Yakh Kando, Tor Kani and Takht areas of the upper Orakzai Agency,
the local TTP established two complaint centres and Sharia
courts in Kundi Sheikhan and Ghaljo. The local Taliban also
set up complaint centres and courts in the Mushti area after they
announced imposition of Sharia in Ferozkhel, Toi, Mushti, Sangrah,
Mandaki Killay, Mushti bazaar, Mushti Maila, Kasha and Sheikhan
areas of the lower Orakzai Agency. "The announcements about
enforcement of Sharia have been made on loudspeakers from
several mosques in the area, urging the people to contact Islamic
courts for settlement of their disputes in accordance with Sharia,"
sources said, adding that Taliban had also banned cutting of forest.
The Taliban also reportedly announced ‘ban’ on women to go out
of their homes and visit bazaars or do work at fields and hills.
However, they announced that women seeking medical treatment could
go out but a male member of the family must accompany them.
Suspected Taliban militants in
North Waziristan shot dead two Afghan nationals and a resident
of the Bannu District of NWFP and hanged bodies of the Afghans
from a tree on the Bannu-Miramshah Road at Naurak village. A hand-written
Pashto language letter left with the bodies accused them of spying
on ‘Mujahideen’ in North Waziristan for the US forces stationed
in Afghanistan. The letter also termed the killing of the two
Afghans and the Pakistani a "gift" to US Assistant Secretary
of State for South Asia Richard Boucher. Naurak villagers said
the two Afghans were identified as Omar Siddique and Muhammad
Qasim, both hailing from the Khost province of Afghanistan, and
were living along with their families in a village near Miranshah.
The other slain person was identified as Azizur Rahman, a contractor,
of the Bannu District.
Militants kidnapped 11 members
of the Mandel tribe of Bajaur Agency in Mohmand Agency and took
them to an unspecified location. The tribesmen had gone to Mohmand
Agency’s Anbar sub-division three days ago to persuade militants
to stop rocket attacks on villages near Khar, headquarters of
the Bajaur Agency. "The jirga members visited Anbar
on a peace mission. We have reports that they have been kidnapped
by unidentified militants," said official Ahsanullah Khan.
Suspected militants killed four
more alleged US spies in North Waziristan on the night between
January 5 and January 6 and threw their bodies on main roads in
various parts of the tribal region. Two of the alleged US spies
were said to be Afghan nationals and the other two were identified
as local tribesmen. Tribal sources said bullet-riddled bodies
of the two Afghans were found on the road in Sarobi village near
Spalga. Body of one tribesman was recovered from Miranshah Bazaar
and the other body was found from the Razmak Road.
Two militants were killed and
four others sustained injuries when Security Force (SF) personnel
and militants clashed in the Pandyalai sub-division and Bhai Dag
area of the Baizai sub-division in the Mohmand Agency. Sources
said that a group of militants attacked the SFs checkpoint in
Targhakhi with rockets and mortars. However, the troops retaliated
with artillery and rockets, killing two militants on the spot
and injuring four others. The slain militants, whose names could
not be ascertained, belonged to the Dawaizai area.
SFs are reported to have heavily
shelled Sheikhan, Spinkay Tangay and Kashmir Koor in Pandyalai
in Mohmand Agency. The houses of Malang and Sarwaiz Khan were
partially damaged when several shells landed in the area. However,
no casualty was reported. Meanwhile, unidentified miscreants blew
up the building of Baizai subdivision headquarters in the Bhai
Dag area with explosives. However, no loss of life or injuries
Two US choppers, carrying American
troops, reportedly intruded into the Pakistani tribal territory
and landed at the Bange Dar village of North Waziristan Agency,
bordering the Khost province in Afghanistan, and abducted three
nomads in the night of January 5. However, Government officials
and security authorities based in Miranshah denied violation of
Pakistan’s airspace by the coalition forces. "We have our
troops deployed along the border with Afghanistan but none of
them reported any such violation by the foreign forces,"
a military officer said.
Following the announcement of
imposing Sharia (Islamic law) in Orakzai Agency, the Taliban
occupied the Political Rest House in the agency. A political administration
official told Daily Times that the Taliban captured the
rest house late on January 5. He said political authorities had
already vacated the premises due to the growing Taliban presence
in the area, adding the Taliban had little difficulty in overpowering
two soldiers deployed to guard the rest house. Taliban sources
said they would use the building as their office.
Three Taliban militants were killed
and six others sustained injuries as jet fighters targeted their
hideouts in various areas of Bajaur Agency. Six trenches and some
underground bunkers built by the Taliban had also been destroyed
in the operation. Fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts in Dama
Dola and Khaza Pahar areas in Mamoond, Salarzai and Chargo Kandaw
sub-divisions of Bajaur.
The Taliban in Mirali sub-division
of North Waziristan Agency killed two Afghan nationals after accusing
them of spying for the United States. Locals found the body of
Habibullah at Khadi, 15 kilometers west of Mirali near the Mirali-Miranshah
Road. The body of the second Afghan, identified as Khan Muhammad
Babar, was found in Shera Talla area, 20 kilometers from Mirali
on the Mirali-Tall Road. Notes found near the bodies said the
people spying for the US would be dealt with in the same manner.
A couple was wounded when a mortar
shell hit a house in the Koz Gandhab area of Haleemzai tehsil
(revenue division) in Mohmand Agency. Sources said that SFs
fired a series of mortar shells on Koz Gandhab after their camp
was attacked in Ghallanai. One of the shells hit the house of
Niaz Wali, injuring him and his wife. The house was also partially
damaged in the incident.
Helicopter gunships targeting
Taliban hideouts accidentally hit two civilian houses in Orakzai
Agency. The houses were partially damaged, but no loss of life
was reported, said officials. They said the gunships targeted
Taliban hideouts in Kalaya village of Lower Orakzai Agency, but
no Taliban casualties were reported.
The head of al Qaeda in Pakistan
and his lieutenant were killed in the past few days, a US counter-terrorism
official told AFP. They were reportedly struck by a missile
fired from an unmanned drone. The men are believed to be Kenyan
national Usama al-Kini, described as al Qaeda's chief of operations
in Pakistan and his lieutenant Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan. "There
is every reason to believe that these two top terrorist figures
are dead," said an unnamed source, adding that the duo was killed
"within the last week." The counterintelligence source did not
say how the men died, but according to Washington Post,
which first reported the story, the duo was killed in a January
1 missile attack near Karikot in South Waziristan. The militants
died after being struck with 45 kilo Hellfire missile fired from
a pilot-less Predator drone operated by the Central Intelligence
Agency, Washington Post reported.
Suspected militants shot dead
two Government employees in North Waziristan Agency. The ambush
took place in Asadkhel village, around 35 kilometers south of
agency headquarters Miranshah. Amanullah Jan, a junior administrator
in Razmak town, and his security guard were killed, while Jan’s
deputy and another guard were injured after gunmen hiding on a
roadside shot at their car, a local official told AFP.
At least 49 Taliban militants
were killed and an unspecified number of them wounded in Mohmand
Agency as paramilitary troops repulsed a pre-dawn attack by about
600 militants coming from the Afghan border. The attackers – mostly
foreigners, and supported by local Taliban – attacked Frontier
Corps (FC) positions in Mamad Gatt at about 2am (PST). "Frontier
Corps troops repulsed a massive attack by militants on one of
its locations in the area," the military said in a statement,
adding that "severe fighting continued through the night".
Six soldiers were also killed and seven sustained injuries in
the fighting. The Taliban fired mortars and rockets at an FC camp
and subsequently used small arms to fire on a nearby checkpoint,
an unnamed military official told AP. The attackers were
eventually driven off, but scattered skirmishes continued, he
said. Most of the attackers fled under heavy military fire, a
security official told AFP. Some of the Taliban militants
surrendered, a military spokesman claimed later, without giving
a specific figure.
The Taliban chopped off ears of
four private security guards in Bajaur Agency. An official told
a private TV channel that the incident took place in Danana Khar
area of Khar District late on January 10. He said the victims
told him they were sitting in their tents at night when the Taliban
took them hostage. They said the militants abducted around 18
security guards from various parts of the city and took them to
an unidentified location. Later, they chopped off one ear each
of Sheerin, Muhammad, Behram and Jehangir, considering them the
guards’ leaders, they said. The Taliban also seized arms from
the 18 men and left them in the Shalimar Cheena area. The Taliban,
however, had not claimed responsibility for the incident so far,
the channel said.
Five armed men kidnapped the Additional
Political Agent Amir Latif of South Waziristan along with his
driver in the presence of more than 20 Security Force personnel.
Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah who was in the same vehicle was
unharmed, because the armed men reportedly didn’t recognise him.
No militant group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Shah and the Additional Political Agent, escorted by more then
20 heavily-armed soldiers, were proceeding from Wana to their
office in the adjacent Tank district when five masked men intercepted
their vehicle near Kerkena which is the area of Ahmadzai Wazir
Taliban militants killed two men
in North Waziristan after accusing them of spying for the United
States, said a local official. The incident was the latest in
a series of at least 10 similar killings during the past two weeks
in the region. The bullet-riddled bodies of two brothers, 25-year-old
Rehman Rauf Khattak and 30-year-old Asfandyar Khattak, were found
in a market in the Mir Ali town, the unnamed official told AFP.
He said the two brothers had been kidnapped a week ago from Miranshah.
"The killers left a note with the bodies saying, "The
two men were spying for the US," the official added.
SFs attacked suspected militant
hideous in the Qandaharo area of Mohmand Agency with mortar and
cannon shells. One shell hit a house, killing Rozi Khan and his
wife and injuring a child.
The Taliban in North Waziristan
Agency shot dead an Afghan national, accusing him of spying for
the United States. The bullet-riddled body of Bahadur Khan was
found early on January 13 in a market in Miranshah, the agency’s
main town, the unnamed official told AFP, adding Khan was
abducted from the same place the previous day.
Unidentified armed men killed
a tribal elder in the Orakzai Agency. Malak Noor Akbar of the
Aakhel sub-tribe was shot dead outside his house in the Ghaljo
area of the agency.
In North Waziristan, the Taliban
released a senior Government official who was abducted in December
2008 from Mir Ali District, said officials. "Asmatullah Wazir
was freed unconditionally last night," a local official said,
adding that his release had followed official pressure on his
Two Security Force (SF) personnel
were killed and four others injured in a remote-controlled bomb
explosion in the Machan Baba Ziarat area of South Waziristan Agency.
Officials said a vehicle of the SFs was on a routine patrol when
it was hit by a remote-controlled bomb near the agency headquarters,
In North Waziristan, Taliban militants
shot dead a man accused of spying for the US forces across the
border in Afghanistan. Officials said the 30-year-old was abducted
from Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, in December
2008 after a suspected US drone attack on a militant hideout in
the area. "He was gunned down before dawn and his body was
dumped on a roadside near Miranshah," said an unnamed official.
A note placed near the body described him as a ‘US spy’.
Two militants and a soldier were
killed and another sustained injuries in a clash in the Sandokhel
area of Mohmand Agency. Sources said SFs, backed by artillery
and tanks, continued demolishing houses of militants in the Habibzai
area of Safi sub-division for the second consecutive day. However,
the militants opened fire on the troops in Sandokhel, which triggered
a clash, leaving two militants and a soldier dead.
Owais Ahmad Ghani, the NWFP Governor,
is reported to have told a delegation of the Human Rights Commission
of Pakistan in Peshawar that there are approximately 15,000 militants
in the tribal belt, who have no dearth of ration, ammunition and
equipment. The Governor said that a militant was normally given
PKR 6,000 to PKR 8,000 per month while their leaders got PKR 20,000
to 30,000 per month.
Taliban militants in North Waziristan
Agency killed an Afghan national, Asadullah, accusing him of spying
for the United States. His dead body was found in Miranshah’s
Nariwala area, near the Miranshah-Razmak road. A note found near
the body said that anyone spying for the US would be treated in
the same manner.
At least 15 Taliban militants
and a soldier were killed when clashes broke out between the Taliban
and SFs in Mohmand Agency. The clashes, which broke out late on
January 17, occurred as the SFs cleared a road linking Bajaur
Agency with Peshawar, an unnamed official said. "Fifteen
militants were killed in a successful raid by security forces
on their stronghold in Darwazgai area of Mohmand Agency… One security
force personnel embraced martyrdom in the encounter," he
Supplies to western forces in
Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass were briefly suspended after
the Taliban attacked an army camp in Landikotal in the Khyber
Agency, killing a soldier and injuring 10 others. A Government
official in Khyber had said early on January 19 that supplies
through the pass had been suspended indefinitely after the Taliban
attacked a military camp with rocket-propelled grenades. But he
later said the route had been reopened after Security Forces arrested
10 men suspected of carrying out the attack. An unnamed official
told AFP that the Taliban launched the pre-dawn attack
on the Security Forces’ camp close to the Torkham border crossing.
"The rebels fired eight rockets on the camp," the official
Troops backed by warplanes and
helicopter gunships killed at least 38 Taliban militants in an
ongoing military operation in the Mohmand Agency - raising the
Taliban death toll to 60 over 24 hours. A statement said the FC
troops had advanced and secured Darwazgai-Lakaro-Mamad Ghat Road
in the operation and "militant strongholds of Habibzai and
Mulakhel were destroyed." It also said that ‘leading commanders’,
Umar Khitab, Qari Mumtaz, Haroon Rashid, Bilal, Yaqub, Yar Syed,
Yousuf and Hamza, were among the dead. Troops have also "engaged
Taliban strongholds of Krair and Chingai", it added. The
Security Forces reportedly launched the crackdown in Mohmand Agency
as early as the weekend, but a paramilitary official told that
‘hardcore militants’ were killed in the last 24 hours. A paramilitary
official said the FC and Mohmand Rifles, backed by warplanes,
helicopter gunships, tanks and artillery, targeted suspected hideouts
of militants in five villages of Lakaro and Pandyali sub-divisions,
said to be stronghold of the Taliban’s Mohmand chapter. Three
civilians, including the owner of a restaurant and his two sons,
were killed in Danish Kol, residents said. 12 civilians were reportedly
injured in the air strike and mortar attacks. According to a press
release issued by the Frontier Corps headquarters in Peshawar
late on January 20-night, 60 militants, including several key
local commanders, were killed in the operation since the previous
night. It said 22 militants had been killed on January 19 and
38 on January 20.
Taliban militants in the North
Waziristan Agency shot dead six more people on charges of spying
for the US forces stationed in Afghanistan. Tribal sources in
agency headquarters Miranshah said that two of the six slain spies
were Afghan nationals. One of them, whose bullet-riddled body
was dumped near the Miranshah Bazaar, was identified as Guldar
Ali, hailing from Afghanistan’s Khost province. Similarly, four
more bodies were recovered from the Tehsil Road near Mirali. They
were identified as Shah Madeen Khattak, a barber hailing from
Karak district, 65-year-old electrician Shahi Haider Khan, teenager
Nisar Ali and an Afghan citizen, whose name could not be ascertained.
A handwritten letter placed near the bodies blamed all the four
persons for spying for the US forces on the Mujahideen. With the
recent killings, the number of alleged spies killed by the Taliban
rose to 24 since last month.
A senior Government official was
released, nine days after being kidnapped at gunpoint in South
Waziristan. Additional Political Agent (APA) Aamir Latif was abducted
near the Speen area, east of Wana, by armed people. "APA
Aamir is back and he is ok," an unnamed official told. The
Government, however, declined to comment on which group had kidnapped
the official and the ransom paid for his release.
Several militants, including top
commanders of the banned TTP, Mohmand chapter, were killed, as
the military intensified its operation against the militants in
Mohmand Agency. Sources said SFs targeted the hideouts of the
militants in the Lakaro and Pindyali sub-divisions and elsewhere
in the tribal agency with gunship helicopters, killing several
militants and destroying their hideouts. Sources said the house
of Omar Khalid, the TTP Mohmand Agency chief, was also destroyed
in the aerial raids. More than 15 militants, including some important
commanders, are reported to have died in the attack, while approximately
40 shops in the Qayyumabad and Askarabad bazaars on the Peshawar-Bajaur
Road and 33 houses were also destroyed. Sources added that the
SFs occupied the militant hideout after killing six militants
in Ghaziabad area.
Severe fighting and shelling was
also reported from the Kamardin, Amarai Kor, Karair, Chingai,
Palosai and Habibzai areas. Unconfirmed reports said Omar Khalid
and a number of his fighters were staying in a hideout on the
hilltop near Haji Sahib Tarangzai shrine when SFs attacked the
place with heavy weapons in the evening. A fierce encounter took
place between the troops and militants in which Omar Khalid and
TTP Halimzai sub-division chief Wajihullah were reportedly killed
and several others, including the TTP deputy chief in Mohmand,
Qari Shakeel, injured. However, neither SFs nor the Taliban confirmed
the killing of Khalid.
Seven suspected militants were
arrested in a pre-dawn operation in the Bara Qadeem area of Khyber
Agency. A senior al Qaeda operative alleged to be involved in
the 2005 bombings of London transport system was among the seven
arrested men. Officials said some foreigners were among the seven
arrested by Mehsud Scouts during a raid on the house of a local
militant. Identified as Bakhshi, the owner of the house, Rustam,
Khalid, Ayaz, Riaz, Nisar and Zahir, the militants were reportedly
taken to Peshawar, the NWFP capital, for interrogation. Officials
said the arrested men were al Qaeda militants believed to have
planned attacks on trucks taking supplies to US-led forces in
Afghanistan. An unnamed security official said the arrested militants
included a senior al Qaeda operative allegedly wanted in connection
with the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London. He identified
the man as Zabi ul Taifi, an Arab.
Gunship helicopters attacked several
suspected Taliban positions, killing seven persons, including
four women and two children, in the Mohmand Agency. According
to local people, a bomb hit the house of tribesman Zain Khan in
Shekhan area, killing two women. Two more houses were hit in Ghunget
Choher village of Lakaro sub-division, killing two women, two
children and a man.
The body of an alleged US spy
was found in the Derpakhel area of North Waziristan Agency. The
deceased was identified as Noor Farid, who had been kidnapped
from Miranshah a few days ago.
The Taliban in South Waziristan
Agency fired three rockets at the Wana Scouts Camp. However, no
loss of life or property was reported. SFs retaliated against
the militants, forcing them to flee.
The volunteers of a tribal Lashkar
(militia) in the Salarzai area of Bajaur Agency have claimed
to have seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition from
20 people, majority of them local
tribesmen, were killed and several others were wounded in two
different missile strikes by US drones in North and South Waziristan
In the first incident, 10 persons
were killed and several others injured when a US drone fired three
Hellfire missiles on a Hujra (male guest house) of Khalil Dawar
in Zyaraki village of North Waziristan. According to sources,
two spy planes were seen flying over Mirali town during the strike.
The guest house adjacent to Khalil’s house in Zyaraki, five kilometers
west of Mirali, was razed to the ground in the attack. Sources
close to the militants told The News the drone fired missiles
after some guests, probably foreign militants, entered the Hujra
of Khalil Dawar. They said besides Khalil, his two sons, brother
Mansoor, a nephew and six other people were killed in the attack.
However, a senior Government official in Miranshah said six among
the dead were hardcore militants, including four Arabs and a Punjabi
Taliban militant. It was the first missile attack by US spy planes
in North Waziristan in 2009.
In the second incident, 10 more
persons were killed in the adjoining South Waziristan Agency when
a US drone fired two Hellfire missiles on the house of a local
tribesman, Dil Faraz Gangikhel Wazir, in Gangikhel village, near
Wana. Official and tribal sources said all those killed were local
tribesmen. They said Dil Faraz, his three sons, two nephews and
some guests were killed in the attack. A Wana-based official of
the political administration said the drone had probably missed
the target and killed only innocent people. He said four children
also lost their lives in the attack. It was the third attack by
the US drones in South Waziristan in January 2009 and the first
after Barack Obama became the US President.
The Taliban in North Waziristan
killed a local tribesman, accusing him for spying for the United
States. The body of Muhammad Hussain, resident of village Madda
Khel in Datta Khel tehsil (revenue division), was found
by the roadside, 30 kilometers west of Miranshah, headquarters
of North Waziristan. The Taliban had also chopped off the right
hand of Hussain, who was abducted a week ago. A note found nearby
said Hussain was a US spy and those spying for the US would meet
the same fate.
SFs continued their operation
in Bajaur Agency, targeting several Taliban hideouts in various
areas of the agency. However, no reports of casualties to the
Taliban were received. Troops targeted Taliban positions in the
Charmang, Banda, Bhai Cheena and Kausar areas using artillery
and mortars, with officials claiming to have destroyed several
The Taliban abducted a person
from the agency headquarters Khar. The political administration
has reportedly strengthened security measures in the agency by
deploying additional law enforcement personnel in various areas
of Bajaur. Residents complained they were facing problems in obtaining
basic commodities because of the closure of business centres in
the area for the last two months.
A local militant commander and
his 14 associates surrendered to the political administration
in the Yakaghund sub-division of lower Mohmand Agency. Sources
said that a jirga (council) of Tarakzai elders and officials
of the political administration was held at Yakaghund headquarters
where a commander and 14 militants were handed over to the authorities.
However, the administration freed the militants after the jirga
furnished personal surety bonds that the wanted persons would
not indulge in militant or criminal activities in future.
Unidentified men blew up a girls' school in the
Bajaur Agency. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The school was located in Nangolai sub-division. The incident
was the first of its kind in Bajaur.
Five American CIA-operated spy planes intruded
into the North Waziristan Agency and flew over various villages
of the border area. Official and tribal sources said five drones,
three white and two of black colour, intruded into the tribal
region from across the border in Afghanistan. In the evening,
the spy planes were seen hovering over various villages at a low
The SFs demolished the main bazaar of Lakaro sub-division
while three persons, including two children, were injured in air
raids and a bomb blast in the Mohmand Agency.
Around 25 projects operated by USAID in the FATA
and settled areas of the NWFP have been temporarily closed over
security concerns. The staff members working on several projects
in Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, and North and South Waziristan agencies
have been called back due to worsening security in those areas.
USAID was working on a comprehensive programme to support short,
medium and long-term objectives of the government of Pakistan's
FATA Sustainable Development Plan (FSDP) 2006-2015.
Taliban militants beheaded a Policeman and kidnapped
four Shiites in Tal, a town 45 kilometers northeast of Miranshah,
headquarters of North Waziristan Agency. The five victims were
traveling in a private vehicle to Parachinar, the main district
in Kurram Agency, when they were ambushed by a group of 15-20
militants, said a security official. "Militants slit the throat
of a policeman and kidnapped four Shiites," said the unnamed official.
The attackers later dumped the body of the slain Police official,
also a Shiite, in a vehicle at the roadside and took away their
captives to an unknown location.
The Taliban in North Waziristan killed a local
tribesman, accusing him of spying for the United States. The body
of Ameer Khoon was found dumped in a drain in Baigaan area, 30
kilometers west of Miranshah. A note found nearby declared Khoon
a US spy and said anyone spying for the US would meet the same
The Taliban in the Orakzai Agency took over two
check-posts vacated by the SFs, official sources said. The locals
said there was no writ of the Government in Orakzai, as SF personnel
have vacated check-posts for fear of the Taliban. The Taliban
announced the imposition of Sharia (Islamic law) in the
agency in December 2008, barring women to visit bazaars and banning
all modes of audio and video entertainment.
SFs continued dismantling hideouts of militants
with heavy artillery besides blowing up the house of a militant
commander in the Nawagai area of Bajaur Agency. Sources said SFs
continued targeting positions of militants with heavy weapons
in the Momand sub-division. However, there was no report of causalities
inflicted on the militants in the targeted areas. Meanwhile, search
and cordon operations continued in the Nawagai area and the house
of a militant commander, Imtiaz alias Sheikh, was destroyed with
The Taliban distributed leaflets in Miranshah
and Mir Ali in the North Waziristan Agency warning the Pakistan
Army not to set up medical camps, open schools or hospitals in
the area. The Taliban warned the army and the NGOs to stop their
activities in the agency as 'through these activities they were
misleading the tribal people'. "We warn the army and NGOs to refrain
from mischief and carrying out such work otherwise they will be
responsible for any losses," said the leaflet in Urdu, a copy
of which was obtained by AFP.
Six personnel of the paramilitary Frontier Corps
were injured when their vehicle was hit by an explosives device
planted by militants on a road in the Mulakhel area of Lakaro
sub-division in the Mohmand Agency. Sources said the vehicles
of an official of the Thall Scouts and troops were passing through
the Qayyumabad area and moving towards the Bajaur Agency when
a roadside bomb exploded.
The militants attacked the Mamad Gat camp with
rockets and mortars from the Chamarkand, Chinari and Alingar areas.
However, the SFs in the Bhai Dag and Nawagai camps retaliated
and targeted the suspected hideouts of the militants with artillery
shelling. There was, however, no report of any casualties from
SFs targeted suspected hideouts of militants in
different areas of Mamond sub-division in Bajaur Agency. Official
sources said that several hideouts were destroyed. However, there
was no report of any casualty.
The militants are reported to have blown up a
filling station in the Nawagai area. However, no loss of life
or injuries was reported.
An Army soldier was killed and five others sustained
injuries when unidentified militants attacked a military convoy
near Khamrang area of South Waziristan. Sources said the military
convoy was on its way to Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan,
from Angoor Adda along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border when it
was attacked. An explosive device, which the miscreants had planted,
went off soon after the military convoy passed through the area.
It caused damage to one of the vehicles, resulting in death to
a soldier and injuries to five others.
In Bara, headquarters of Khyber Agency, leader
of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Islam (LI), Mangal Bagh, has banned
shaving of beards and asked women to wear proper veils. Addressing
on his private FM radio station, Mangal Bagh said: "From now on,
the men are warned to grow breads according to Islam's teachings
and women should be properly veiled while leaving homes". Last
week, the LI enforced Sharia (Islamic law) in the Bara
tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency.
Unidentified militants blew up two boys' schools
in the Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur Agency. Sources said militants
blew up the Government High School, Pusht, and a primary school
in the Salarzai area with explosives. However, no loss of life
was reported as both the schools were closed. The militants have
so far destroyed 27 schools in the Bajaur Agency.
The SFs targeted hideouts of militants in the
Mamond sub-division and Nawagai with heavy artillery and mortar
guns. SFs claimed to have dismantled the hideouts of several militants.
However, no casualty was reported in the attacks.
Supplies to the NATO troops in Afghanistan were
halted temporarily when militants blew up a 110-year-old bridge
on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Highway in the Katakashta area of
the Khyber Agency. Sources said explosives were planted beneath
the bridge that went off early in the day, damaging the bridge
partially. However, the structure collapsed later in the day when
the driver of a cement-laden truck tried to cross it, the sources
added. The political administration, while terming the incident
an act of sabotage, decided to serve notices on Jhandakhel tribesmen
under the collective responsibility section of the Frontier Crimes
Regulation to hand over those involved in the incident to the
Eight local Taliban militants were killed in a
clash between two rival factions in the Orakzai Agency. Sources
in the political administration said the militants were killed
in fighting between Taliban commanders Gul Bahadar and Tariq's
factions in Shan Khel area. They said that all of the casualties
were from Bahadar's faction. The sources also claimed that a power
struggle between Taliban factions was underway in Orakzai.
Army engineers built a temporary alternate route
for traffic, including NATO trucks bound for Afghanistan - a day
after the Taliban blew up a key bridge in Khyber Agency - as suspected
Taliban torched 10 containers they thought were loaded with NATO
supplies near Landikotal.
In Landikotal, suspected Taliban militants doused
with petrol 10 containers they thought were carrying NATO supplies,
and set them ablaze. With most of the containers reportedly empty
and only two loaded - four were completely destroyed and the remaining
was partially damaged. The containers were torched as a security
camp and bunkers in the mountains nearby came under attack. However,
no casualty has been reported. According to an intelligence official,
more than ten rockets, missiles and mortars were fired at the
camp and outside the cantonment.
Seven soldiers were injured when a roadside bomb
exploded near a military convoy in a remote town in the Mohmand
Agency. The remote-controlled device was planted in Kandaro town
and it exploded while paramilitary soldiers conducted a routine
patrolling mission, a security official said.
A bomb planted by the Taliban damaged a girl's
primary school in the Landikotal sub-division of Khyber Agency.
The militants are reported to have planted the explosives near
the outer wall of the girl's school on the Kam Shalman Road. Meanwhile,
the Bomb Disposal Squad defused another bomb planted near the
Baacha Khan Education Centre and three others in Gagra.
Army helicopter gunships killed 52 Taliban militants
when they targeted hideouts in the Chapri and Feroz Khel areas
along the border of Orakzai and Khyber Agencies. "Fifty-two militants
were killed and a huge ammunition depot and eight vehicles were
destroyed in an attack by army helicopters," Khyber Agency Political
Agent Tariq Hayat told Reuters.
A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car
into a trailer carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan
and injured seven persons in the Tedi Bazaar area of Jamrud sub-division.
Eyewitnesses told that the bomber was heading for Landikotal when
the troops signaled him to stop. They said that he rammed his
car into the trailer instead of stopping. Fida Bangash, a senior
political administration official, said the bomber's likely target
were the army engineers repairing a bridge in Landikotal that
was blown up on February 2. Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar claimed
responsibility for the attack. "It was our man who martyred himself
in Jamrud… We warned the government to stop military operations
in Khyber, Swat and other tribal areas, otherwise we will completely
shut down the NATO supply line… We have shown that we can do that,"
The Taliban killed two tribesmen for allegedly
spying for the US in North Waziristan. The bullet-ridden bodies
of Alam Pir and Muhammad Khan were found at Razmak Ada in Miranshah,
headquarters of North Waziristan. Separate notes found near the
bodies claimed both men had been 'US spies' and anyone spying
for the US would meet a similar fate. Alam belonged to North Waziristan
while Khan was a resident of Bannu in the NWFP. Both were reportedly
kidnapped 15 days ago.
Three US drones were reportedly seen flying over
The militants blew up a Government high school
in the Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur Agency, raising the number
of destroyed schools to 28. Sources said that the Government High
School Batwar was completely destroyed in the blast.
SFs claimed to have arrested a suspect and seized
a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in different
areas of the Safi revenue division of Mohmand Agency. Sources
said the SFs launched search operations in the Karair, Garhai
and Mansoor Kor areas of Safi and arrested a suspected militant,
identified as Shahzada.
Eight Taliban militants were killed as shelling
by helicopter gun ships continued in the Bajaur Agency. The troops
were targeting Taliban hideouts in the Dama Dola, Mataro Sha,
Umrai and Shinkot areas of Mamoond tehsil (revenue division).
Residents said the troops advanced from the agency headquarters
in Khar and gained control of Siddiqabad, Rehmanabad and Anayat
Qalay. They said the Taliban posed no resistance during the army
SFs killed 22 Taliban militants during a military
operation in the Bajaur Agency. SFs targeted Taliban hideouts
in the Inayat Qilay area of Khar sub-division on a tip-off, killing
the 22 men. Four men were killed as the SFs targeted suspected
hideouts using artillery and mortar shells, locals said, adding
a security guard of a girls' primary school was also killed. Three
more deaths were reported from other areas of the agency, locals
10 people were killed while an unspecified number
of them were wounded during clashes between two rival religious
groups in the Terra valley of Khyber Agency. The groups, Ansar-ul-Islam
and Lashkar-e-Islam, were reportedly using mortar guns, small
missiles, rockets and other arms in the clashes.
SFs targeted suspected hideouts of the Taliban,
killing six suspected militants and injuring several others, including
women, in different parts of the Bajaur Agency. Military gunship
helicopters targeted hideouts in the Inayat Killay, Bade Samo,
Bhai Cheena and Omari villages of the Khar sub-division. An official
said six militants were killed in the shelling and several others
Taliban militants shot dead an abducted Afghan
near Miranshah, accusing him of spying for the United States,
an official said. The bullet-riddled body of 30-year-old Islamud
Din was found dumped by the road in Sheratalla area, 40 kilometers
north of Miranshah. "Islam, who was kidnapped two weeks ago, had
multiple bullet wounds on his body," local police official Mehboob
Khan told. A note found on the body said he was "spying for the
US", the official said.
A Taliban 'commander' and key aide to Baitullah
Mehsud was injured in a bomb attack that killed his driver near
the Afghan border. A remote-controlled bomb exploded by the side
of a road in the Tanga area of South Waziristan when Noor Syed
Mehsud was passing in a vehicle en route to Jandola village. "According
to reports received here Mehsud was slightly injured, while his
driver died in the bomb blast," an unnamed security official in
Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, told. Preliminary reports
attributed the bombing to factional fighting between Baitullah
Mehsud's men and loyalists of slain militant leader Abdullah Mehsud,
SFs backed by helicopter gunships, killed 11 Taliban
militants and destroyed many of their hideouts in the Bajaur Agency.
The operation was launched on February 9 in the Inayat Qillay
town, a suspected stronghold of the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked
terrorists, after a rocket attack by the militants, military official
Mustaqim Shah told. The rocket attack destroyed a shop but caused
no casualties, he said. "Troops backed by helicopters retaliated
with artillery and mortar fire, and destroyed several suspected
locations. At least seven militants were killed," the official
said. In addition, four militants were killed in an encounter
with the SFs in Inayat Qilay town.
Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar said they had killed
five security officials in a multi-pronged attack on Inayat Qillay.
One tank was also destroyed in the attack, he claimed. Security
officials, however, denied the claims.
Two US spy planes violated the Pakistani airspace
and entered the limits of Landikotal sub-division of Khyber Agency.
Eyewitnesses said two drones were seen hovering over Landikotal
at about 7 pm, which continued flying for about half an hour.
US President Barack Obama asserted that his administration
would not allow 'safe havens' for al Qaeda and the Taliban operating
with 'impunity' in the Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan. "My
bottom line is that we cannot allow al Qaeda to operate. We cannot
have those safe havens in that region," said Obama at his first
press conference after assuming office. "You've got the Taliban
and Al Qaeda operating in the FATA and these border regions between
Afghanistan and Pakistan… What we haven't seen is the kind of
concerted effort to root out those safe havens that would ultimately
make our mission successful," he added. The President also noted
that "It's not acceptable for Pakistan or for us to have folks
who, with impunity, will kill innocent men, women and children.
And you know, I believe that the new government of Pakistan ...
cares deeply about getting control of this situation, and we want
to be effective partners with them on that issue."
Five suspected militants and a soldier were killed
and several persons sustained injuries in clashes and bombing
by the Pakistan Air Force fighter planes in Bajaur Agency. Military
sources said warplanes targeted positions of militants in Inayat
Killay, Bhai Cheena and Mamond subdivision, a stronghold of the
militants led by TTP deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Muhammad. Sources
said the troops had also cleared major parts of Inayat Killay
and Bhai Cheena towns of militants. Independent sources reported
fierce fighting between the militants and SFs around Inayat Killay
in which officials said five militants and a soldier were killed.
Militant positions in the Mamond sub-division were also targeted
with artillery and mortar guns from the agency's regional headquarters,
Suspected militants reportedly fired rockets at
Khar sub-division, where a mortar fell in a residential area,
killing a woman and a child.
The chief of the banned outfit Ansar-ul-Islam
(AI), Qazi Mehboobul Haq, claimed to have taken complete control
of Bar Qambar Khel after burning several houses of the opponents
at the remote Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. Addressing on his
private FM radio, he said the flag of AI was hoisted on Tortoot
in the Bara sub-division, as the area of Qambarkhel came under
the control of his group. He also said a cache of sophisticated
arms and ammunition left by the opponents at Toray seminary was
seized. He also said the houses of the people who voluntarily
migrated from Tirah Qambarkhel would not be demolished.
A New Zealander was arrested at the Manzai Fort
check-post in South Waziristan. Investigators suspect that Mark
Taylor may have links with al Qaeda and Taliban. Tank District
Coordination Officer Barkatullah said the foreigner possessed
valid documents and informed them he was going to Wana. According
to Barkatullah, Taylor told Police he was going to Waziristan
to get married. However, an official of the New Zealand High Commission
in Islamabad said that nobody by the name of Mark Taylor had got
himself registered with the High Commission.
The SFs claimed to have killed four militants
during a clash following an attack on a check-post in the Shandai
Mor area of Bajaur Agency. Military sources said the militants
attacked the check-post with rocket launchers and other heavy
weapons. The SFs deployed at the check-post repulsed the attack
and the ensuing clashes between Taliban militants and troops left
four militants dead.
SFs continued targeting suspected hideouts of
militants in different areas of the Khar sub-division, including
Inayat Kellay, Bychena and areas of Mamond sub-division. The SFs
used heavy artillery and mortar guns to target the positions of
militants. However, there were no reports of casualties.
A Police officer was killed and another wounded
when Taliban militants fired rockets at a Police station in North
Waziristan Agency early, Police official Noor Khan said. The attack
targeted the Shahbazkhel Police station, 70 kilometers east of
Miranshah, the North Waziristan headquarters. Taliban spokesman
Ahmadullah Ahmadi said in a statement, "We will launch attacks
in neighbouring towns if the US drone attacks are not stopped."
Ahmadi also claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on February
9 that killed five Policemen at Baran Pul, about 50 kilometers
east of Miranshah.
Two would-be suicide bombers were arrested by
the SFs in the main bazaar of Yakaghund sub-division in Mohmand
Agency. Sources said the Levies forces were on routine patrol
in the main bazaar of Yakaghund when they intercepted two suspected
persons. On thorough search, the SF personnel recovered 24 kilograms
of explosive materials and vests from their possession. The duo
was identified as Shaukat and Shahidullah, residents of Sagi area
of Lakaro sub-division.
A bomb exploded near a helipad in Landikotal in
the Khyber Agency. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The powerful bomb blast made a large hole near one of the helipads
in Landikotal, near the army camp. While a Police officer said
no arrests had been made, unidentified sources said the Taliban
carried out the blast to make the helipads unsafe.
Eight persons, including six Taliban militants,
were killed and four injured during an operation launched by the
SFs in the Mamond sub-division of Bajaur Agency. The SFs bombed
the Taliban hideouts with jet fighters and destroyed several hideouts
during the operation.
The Bajaur chapter of the Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
(TNSM) demanded immediate implementation of the Sharia (Islamic
law) in the Agency and in return assured the Government of its
co-operation to establish a complete writ of the state, demanding
the Army to stay in the region till reconstruction work was completed.
TNSM Bajaur chief Ismail Muhammadi made this demand while reacting
to the finalisation of a five-point agreement for enforcement
of Sharia in the Malakand division after successful talks between
the NWFP Government and TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad. "We
assure the Government of complete cooperation for a lasting peace
and for establishing writ of the state in the troubled agency
if people's demand of enforcement of Shariah is met," Ilyas told.
"After people's major demand of the enforcement of Shariah is
met, the restoration of peace and purging the area of miscreants
will become easier and the TNSM will be in a position to help
establish writ of the government," he added.
The Taliban killed an Afghan man in North Waziristan
Agency, after accusing him of spying for the United States. The
body of Imdad Khan, 35, was dumped on a roadside in Karamkot village,
20 kilometers east of Miranshah, the agency's main town, a local
administration official told. A security official said the victim
was an Afghan refugee. A note near the bullet-riddled body said
Khan was 'spying for the US', the official added. Residents said
the note also warned local people not remove the body until late
afternoon so that a maximum number of people could see that 'this
is the fate of spies'.
Eight students were injured when a remote-controlled
device planted on roadside near a school playground exploded in
Rustam Adda in South Waziristan Agency. Sources said the explosion
occurred minutes before a convoy of the SFs passed through the
area. The SFs subsequently fired at the suspected hideouts of
the militants after the blast but there were no reports of casualties.
They are alos reported to have arrested a number of students,
who were playing in the school ground after the incident.
30 suspected militants were killed and three others
sustained injuries in a missile strike on a refugee camp in the
Kurram Agency. The three missiles believed to have been fired
from a US unmanned aircraft destroyed a house used by a local
Taliban commander. It was the first known drone strike in Kurram.
An unnamed intelligence official said field informants reported
that Taliban showed up at the village bazaar and ordered 30 caskets.
However, political authorities have only confirmed 18 deaths from
four missiles fired by two unmanned aircraft, while the local
Taliban have claimed a death toll of 12. "Afghan Taliban were
holding an important meeting there when the missiles were fired,"
an intelligence official in the area told Reuters.
SFs are reported to have killed five militants
and injured several others during shelling by jetfighters in various
parts of the Bajaur Agency. Five suspected militants were killed
and several others injured when jetfighters of the Pakistan Air
Force targeted hideouts in the Khar and Mamond sub-divisions.
Several underground bunkers of the militants were also destroyed
in the attack. SFs and militants continued to exchange fire in
various parts of Khar, including in Inayat Kellay, Rehmanabad,
Shinkot and Byecheena. However, there were no reports about any
Curfew remained imposed in different parts of
Bajaur Agency for the twelfth consecutive day.
Four rockets fired from across the border in Afghanistan's
Khost province landed at Ghulam Khan, a border town of North Waziristan
Agency. Residents of the border village told that the rockets
fired from Khost caused heavy explosions without leading to any
loss of life or damage to property.
The centre has released PKR 623 million to the
NWFP and FATA administration to provide compensation to the victims
of militancy, an official announcement said. President Asif Zardari
is reported to have termed the victims of militancy as national
heroes and advised the NWFP Government to immediately undertake
payment of compensation to their families. PKR 283 million have
been released for the FATA and another PKR 340 million for the
NWFP Government to compensate the families of the victims of suicide
bombings and acts of terror. Under the compensation programme,
PKR 300,000 will be paid for every fatality and PKR 100,000 for
SFs killed six Taliban militants
during their ongoing operation to target suspected hideouts in
Bajaur Agency. "Six militants were killed and scores injured
during shelling by gunship helicopters in Inayat Qilay, Bhaicheena
and Umerey areas in Mamoond tehsil," an unnamed official
The Taliban fired several rockets
on the Bajaur Agency headquarters Khar, killing one woman and
injuring four other people. Three more civilians, in addition
to the woman, were also killed after Taliban rockets hit houses,
paramilitary barracks and a school.
SFs claimed killing nine Taliban
militants by bombing their suspected hideouts in the Mamoond sub-division
of Bajaur Agency. Another militant was killed and three more injured
in a separate clash with the SFs in the Shandai area of Khar,
official sources said.
Suspected Taliban militants blew
up two boys’ primary schools in the Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur
Unidentified men blew up the building
of the Wana Press Club (WPC) in South Waziristan Agency. The WPC
Chairman Hafiz Wazir said the attackers had planted explosives
around the building, which destroyed the structure completely.
Hover, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
A North Waziristan Agency Taliban
‘commander’ ordered the Taliban to halt sabotage activities in
the settled districts of the NWFP to facilitate a religious congregation
in the Bannu District of the province. Taliban commander Gul Bahadar’s
spokesman, Ahmedullah Ahmadi, announced the directive in Miranshah,
the headquarters of North Waziristan. "All Taliban have been
directed to stop attacks on Government installations to facilitate
the congregation in Bannu District," Ahmadi said in a press
statement. According to the Taliban spokesman, a unilateral cease-fire
would be in place until March 5.
14 militants were killed and several
others injured when the SFs shelled suspected hideouts of militants
in different areas of Bajaur Agency. Official sources said SFs
targeted hideouts in the Inayat Killay, Bhai Cheena and Shinkot
areas of Khar sub-division with gunship helicopters and artillery.
The militants blew up a Government
school building in Bajaur Agency. Sources said that militants
dynamited the building of the Government Primary School at Tali
in the Salarzai sub-division, raising the number of schools destroyed
so far to 31. Talking to the media, spokesman of the TTP, Bajaur
chapter, Maulvi Omar, claimed responsibility for blowing up the
school and threatened that their fighters would destroy all educational
institutions in the Agency if SFs did not stop the ongoing operation
against them. Omar said that buildings of schools and colleges
were being used by the troops as their camps to launch operations
against the Taliban. "We would take action and destroy all the
buildings of educational institutions if security forces continued
their operation against our fighters," he warned.
Suspected militants shot dead
a prominent tribal elder in the Chamarkand area of Lakaro sub-division
in Mohmand Agency. The Mohmand-based Taliban spokesman Ikramullah
claimed that their fighters killed Malik Ameer Rahman for getting
perks and facilities from the Government. "All the pro-government
elements would meet the same fate", he warned.
The commandant of Mohmand Rifles
warned militants and miscreants of stern action if they tried
to challenge the Government’s writ in the agency. Addressing a
ceremony held in connection with distribution of relief goods
and free medical camp for the affected people in Darwazgai-II
Camp and Lakaro, Colonel Saifullah said no one would be allowed
to impose their personal agenda on the people and make them hostage.
He claimed that they had achieved the set objectives in the military
operation and warned that those destroying Government installations
would be dealt with an iron hand.
SFs fired mortar shells at suspected
hideouts of the Taliban in various areas of the Mamoond and Khar
sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency. They said the firing had killed
four Taliban militants, including a commander, and injured several
others. They said SFs had gained control of Inayat Kalay and Bhai
Cheena in Khar and were advancing.
A roadside remote-controlled bomb
exploded at Tilli in the Salarzai sub-division. However, no loss
of life or property was reported.
A bomb blast near a bridge in
Walikhel Khyber briefly held up trucks carrying NATO supplies
to Afghanistan. Sources said a timed bomb was used in the attack
which slightly damaged the bridge and injured one soldier. Two
other bombs failed to explode. Trailers carrying NATO supplies
were reportedly forced to make a one-hour stop because of the
Top Taliban leaders from North
and South Waziristan met to forge an alliance. Sources said the
TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud and Taliban leaders Maulvi Nazir and
Hafiz Gul Bahadar met at an undisclosed location in Waziristan
and agreed to form an alliance. The three Taliban leaders have
reportedly formed a 13-member committee and authorised it to make
‘all decisions’. They also agreed that they would jointly defend
attacks against them, and make plans in consultation with the
Eight suspected Taliban militants
were killed in firing by helicopter gun ships and artillery shelling
by the SFs in Bajaur Agency.
In Salarzai tehsil (revenue
division), rockets were fired on the house of Hazrat Gul, a close
associate of Pakistan People’s Party member in the National Assembly,
Akhunzada Chitan, but no casualties were reported.
Four militants were killed and
three others sustained injuries in the ongoing military operation
in different areas of Khar and Mamond sub-divisions of the Bajaur
Agency. Sources said SFs shelled suspected hideouts of militants
in the Inayat Kellay, Bad-e-Samor, Bhai Cheena and Shinkot areas
of Khar sub-division and some areas of Mamond subdivision with
gunship helicopters, artillery and mortar guns. At least four
militants were killed and three others injured in the latest military
action, the sources said.
A jirga (council of elders)
formed to bring the Government and militants to the negotiating
table in Bajaur Agency failed to broker a cease-fire. "Yes,
the Jirga has stopped its efforts to broker a cease-fire,"
an unnamed source said.
Taliban have formed a new alliance,
Shura Ittihad-ul-Mujahideen, in the North and South Waziristan
as formal announcement to this effect came. Sources told that
the new alliance would comprise the groups led by central chief
of banned TTP, Baitullah Mahsud, and the two reportedly pro-government
commanders Maulvi Nazir of South Waziristan and Hafiz Gul Bahadur
of North Waziristan. The three, according to sources, met at an
undisclosed location and decided to resolve their differences
to foil the external forces’ designs for dividing the multiple
Taliban groups based in Pakistan. They formed a 13-member Shura
(executive council) to run the affairs of the new alliance.
The LI chief Mangal Bagh escaped
unhurt as the headquarters of his banned outfit came under attack
from Army helicopters in the Spin Qabar area in Bara subdivision
of the Khyber Agency. Sources said eight persons, including two
children, were injured in the attack. The LI, however, said three
persons were killed and 13 more wounded. Its spokesman Misri Gul
admitted at least one of the three dead was an LI activist, while
the other two were civilians. However, the paramilitary officials
claimed killing 10 militants and injuring 15 others in the strike.
"Security forces have destroyed the main communication centre
in the Khyber Agency, used by criminal elements," said a
statement issued from the Frontier Corps headquarters. The statement
said they had received confirmed intelligence reports that the
militants present in the compound under attack were planning to
target some areas in main cities. Locals said Mangal Bagh and
his Shura (executive council) members were present inside
the compound when it was aerially targeted.
The SFs suspended their operations
in Bajaur Agency and agreed to hold fire for four days. "Security
forces have decided to observe a four-day ceasefire across Bajaur,"
Political Agent Safirullah Khan told reporters. He described the
decision as a "goodwill gesture" made at the request of tribal
elders. A source said tribal leaders wanted to hold talks with
Taliban in order to negotiate a permanent peace in the area. "The
security forces reserve the right to retaliate if they come under
attack," Khan said. The TTP leader Maulvi Faqir Muhammad had declared
a unilateral truce in Bajaur late on February 23. He said in a
radio broadcast that his men had vacated Inayat Killay, a Taliban
stronghold outside Bajaur’s main town of Khar.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan announced full support
to the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) if the SFs started an operation against
the LI in Khyber Agency. The Bara-based TTP leader Hamza Afridi
told reporters by telephone from an undisclosed location that
they would support the LI in the agency if the SFs launched an
operation against it. He also said the Taliban would not abandon
LI chief Mangal Bagh.
Two persons were killed while six others were
taken hostage by militants during a clash with local residents
in the Pindyali sub-division of Mohmand Agency. The clash started
when militants tried to enter Milk Eilam Khan's guest house with
the intention to kidnap him but the watchman offered resistance
which led to a fierce clash. In the ensuing encounter, two persons,
identified as Pehlawan Khan and Bacha Khan, were killed while
six others were taken to an unknown location as hostages.
Taliban beheaded an Afghan in the FATA after accusing
him of spying for the United States, Police said. The 35-year-old
man was kidnapped a week ago and his body found in Razmak, some
65 kilometers south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan
Agency. A note found on the body of the man, identified as Shafiq
Gul, said he was "spying for the US". "Whoever spies for the US
will face the same fate. This is a gift to Obama," the note said.
Two missiles, fired by a US spy plane, killed
12 people and injured three others in the South Waziristan Agency.
Sources said two missiles were fired by a drone at around 4:00
pm (PST) that hit a house in Ganra Haibatkhel village of Sararogha
sub-division, a stronghold of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
The house was destroyed in the attack, leaving 12 people dead
and three injured. The compound had underground bunkers and was
in the area controlled by Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud's
tribe, an unnamed official said. "It was a Taliban sanctuary,"
he said. Citing field informants, other intelligence officials
told the Associated Press the compound was a training facility.
At least four of the dead were foreigners, they said. This was
the fourth missile strike by unmanned US aircraft since President
Barack Obama came to power.
In North Waziristan Agency, an alleged US spy
was shot dead by Taliban militants in the Razmak area. Nisar Mohammad,
an Afghan national, was killed allegedly for spying on Taliban
for the US, they said, adding that the 35-year-old Afghan had
been abducted a week ago.
SFs shelled suspected hideouts of militants in
different areas of the Mohmand Agency. After a pause of almost
a month, SFs for the first time targeted the positions of militants
with artillery from Ghalanai, the Agency headquarters, and the
Bhai Dag camp. However, there was no report on the loss of life
or damage to property.
The SFs claimed to have forced militants out of
Bajaur Agency and advanced towards strongholds of the Taliban
in the region. "We think that we have secured this agency," said
Major General Tariq Khan, the commander of forces fighting in
Bajaur. "They have lost. They have lost their cohesion out here,"
Khan told reporters flown by helicopters from Islamabad. Colonel
Saifullah said the military had also beaten back militants in
the neighbouring Mohmand Agency. "Now the people's minds are clear.
They now believe in the strength of the force and the resolve
of the government that this militancy is being pursued and is
being finished," he told reporters in Ghalanai, headquarters of
Mohmand Agency. "The influence of militants has reduced over a
major proportion of the population and area," the colonel added.
General Tariq said about 50 percent of the militants
were Afghans and some Sudanese and Egyptians had been killed in
Bajaur in the initial stages of operation. He described a unilateral
cease-fire declared by the Taliban on February 23 as "a face-saving
statement". "There was no question of ceasefire, the resistance
has melted, dissolved. It is not there," he said. Shafiullah,
the chief of the Bajaur civil administration, said 1,600 militants
were killed during the campaign and more than 2,000 injured while
some 150 civilians also died and about 2,000 were injured in the
fighting. He appealed for international donors to come forward
with money for reconstruction and the provision of basic services
such as electricity and water to 304,598 people displaced from
their homes in Bajaur. The official said more than 180,000 had
SFs arrested three suspicious
men during a raid on a house in the Jamrud sub-division of Khyber
Agency. The suspects were identified as Roohullah, Hiadayatullah
and Syed Agha, all of them Afghan refugees and residents of Shakas
area. Sources said the men had been arrested for their links to
the Taliban and for harbouring kidnappers.
The banned TTP distributed pamphlets
at Landikotal in the Khyber Agency, threatening the Khyber Khassadar
Force (KKF) to vacate all the checkpoints along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
Highway. The TTP distributed the leaflets for the second time
in the current week wherein the KKF was asked to abolish all checkpoints
from Jamrud to Landikotal, sources said. The pamphlets said that
it was the final warning to them KKF to leave the checkpoints
or they would face serious consequences. Militants attacked a
checkpoint in the Jaba area of Jamrud sub-division last week and
kidnapped three KKF personnel, two of whom were later killed while
the third one is still missing.
Taliban blew up a primary school
at Nawagai sub-division in the Bajaur Agency. However, no casualties
were reported. The political administration had announced that
all Government schools would reopen from March 5 in the Nawagai
and Chamarkand sub-divisions. Sources told that the number of
schools destroyed by the Taliban within a year had reached 35.
The Taliban in North Waziristan
Agency killed two men, accusing them of spying for the United
States. The bodies of Nazar Khan, a member of South Waziristan
Agency’s Ahmedzai Wazir tribe, and Sher Khan, an Afghan refugee,
were found from separate places in North Waziristan. "Notes
found with the bodies said the men were killed for spying for
the US," a local Police official Rukh Niaz Khan told.
Unidentified armed men blew up
the building of a middle school in the Nawagai sub-division of
Bajaur Agency, sources told. However, no casualties were reported.
The explosion, which raised the number of schools destroyed in
the agency to 36 in a year, completely destroyed the school building
The Security Forces are reported
to have taken most areas in the sub-division under complete control
and restored the Government’s writ, bringing the situation to
normalcy in the urban areas. The political administration had
re-opened all Government schools in Nawagai and Chamer Kund sub-divisions
on March 5.
Five persons were killed and eight
others injured when a shop in the remote Tirah area of Khyber
Agency was bombed. The sources said that five cadres of the banned
Ansarul Islam (AI) outfit were killed. An AI spokesman blamed
rival militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Islam, for the bomb blast.
At least 15 Taliban militants
and 14 soldiers were killed during clashes between Taliban and
SFs at Aisha Corona and Banglo areas of the Mohmand Agency. Bodies
of seven SF personnel were recovered from Aisha Corona. The Taliban
had reportedly killed several soldiers after ambushing their convoy
in the Banglo area and abducted others. Bodies of some of the
abducted troops were recovered from Aisha Corona. The sources
said other soldiers were still in Taliban’s custody. Taliban also
abducted the Yakaghond Tehsildar (revenue administrative
officer) Arshad Ali.
Military sources said that around
15 militants were killed and three were arrested during clashes
that erupted when Taliban surrounded the house of pro-government
tribal elder Malik Noorzada in a bid to kidnap him. Locals said
the attack was an apparent reaction to a visit by the Mohmand
Agency’s Political Agent and the Mohmand Rifles Commandant to
Noorzada’s house on March 2. The TTP Mohmand Agency chief Umer
Khalid confirmed the attack on SFs and said that several soldiers
were still in the custody of Taliban and put forward three conditions
for talks with the troops - exchange of prisoners, end of military
check-posts in the agency and compensation for the demolished
houses of the Taliban leaders and the tribesmen who supported
12 mortar shells fired from Afghanistan’s
Khost province landed in the Lowara Mandi area of the North Waziristan
Agency. Sources told from Lowara Mandi - a border village between
the North Waziristan Agency and Afghanistan’s Khost province -
that all the 12 mortar shells were fired from across the border.
The shells landed at various places of Lowara Mandi. No loss of
life or damage to property was reported.
Taliban militants claimed to have
shot down a US drone in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan.
Militants loyal to Taliban commander Maulvi Mohammad Nazir said
the unmanned aircraft had crashed in a jungle after the attack
and soldiers took away the wreckage. But the security officials
and political authorities disputed the Taliban’s claim, saying
that teams dispatched to the area after the claim found no wreckage.
Unconfirmed reports also said the drone had gone missing in an
area near the Afghan border.
Taliban militants shot dead three
men, including two brothers, in South Waziristan after filming
them confessing to spying for the United States, officials said.
"This is the first time in South Waziristan that Taliban
have made confession videos. Earlier, they just used to put notes
on the bodies of alleged spies," Allahbagh Khan, a local
administration official told. The bullet-ridden body of local
tribesman Tahir Khan was found dumped in a bazaar in Wana, the
main town in South Waziristan. "Khan, who was kidnapped 10
days ago, had multiple bullet wounds on his body," a security
official told. A DVD found with the body showed Khan confessing
to spying and passing on information that led to a series of US
missile attacks in the region. A note found on the body said:
"All those spying for the US will suffer the same fate,"
according to the official. Two more bodies of alleged US spies
were found an hour later with similar notes and DVDs. One was
a brother of Khan and the third man was identified as Shabbir
Khan, residents and officials said.
The Mamoond tribe and the authorities
have signed a 28-point agreement to bring the law and order situation
under control in Bajaur Agency. The agreement was signed at a
jirga (council of elders) – aimed at re-establishing the writ
of the Government in the agency – in agency headquarters Khar,
with around 900 tribesmen, elders and clerics in attendance. Addressing
the jirga, the head of the Mamoond Peace Commission, Malik Abdul
Aziz, said his tribe would continue to co-operate with the Government
to restore peace in the area. He said tribesmen had decided to
take stern action against anti-social elements and uphold the
supremacy of law. Mamond, the largest and most strategically placed
tribe in Bajaur, has promised to surrender key figures of the
TTP in Bajaur, lay down arms, disband militant groups and stop
militant training camps. The entire TTP leadership in Bajaur comes
from Mamond tribe and its leader Faqir Mohammed, who was deputy
to Baitullah Mehsud, survived drone attacks in the past.
According to the agreement, terrorist
groups in the area would be disbanded, and tribes would responsible
for establishing Government’s writ in their areas. It was also
decided that no foreigners, including Afghan refugees, would be
allowed to stay in the agency. Nobody would be allowed to attack
SF personnel or Government installations. Further, SFs would have
the freedom of movement. According to the agreement, the Mamoond
tribe would not allow its land to be used for terrorism or let
anybody operate training camps for terrorists. The jirga said
that clerics would not criticise the Government and SFs during
Friday sermons. The tribe would deposit a PKR 10 million surety
bond with the Government which could be confiscated in case of
a violation of the accord.
Militants released five soldiers
of the Frontier Corps who were kidnapped in August 2008. The soldiers
were handed over to elders in Sewai area.
Political authorities and elders of three tribes
of Bajaur Agency signed a 28-point agreement to bring peace in
the area. About 1,400 tribal elders of Khar, Salarzai and Atmanzai
tribes signed the agreement in a grand jirga (council of elders)
in Khar. The tribes also demanded the Government carry out development
work in the area after restoration of peace. According to the
agreement, all Taliban organisations would stand abolished and
all their members would surrender to the tribes and the Government.
Militants laying down their weapons would be registered in their
respective tribes and the elders would furnish a surety bond for
their good behaviour to the Government. It said neither parallel
courts would be set up, nor the Government's writ would be challenged;
foreign elements, including Afghan nationals, would not be provided
shelter, shops or houses would not be rented out to them; Government
officials or SF personnel would not be targeted or abducted; Government
installations, including buildings of schools, colleges and hospitals
and check-posts would not be attacked. The SFs would have the
freedom to move freely in the agency and if attacked, they would
retaliate; people would not allow any terrorist to use their soil
for sabotage activities; tribesmen would be bound to restrict
cross-border movement; infiltration in or interference with the
affairs of other countries. Under the agreement, interference
in Government affairs would not be allowed; complete security
would be provided to all foreign contractors working in the agency;
Government or SFs would not tolerate any propaganda against them;
no Taliban training camp would be set up and they will not be
given any training.
SFs backed by helicopter gunships killed 18 Taliban
militants and injured three others in the Gurgurai, Supri and
Mulla Ghani Baba areas of Yakka Ghund sub-division in the Mohmand
Agency. In addition, jet aircraft also bombed Shamsha, Bhaidmunai
and Spin Ki Tangi areas in the Baizai and Khwaizai sub-divisions,
without causing any casualties, the sources said.
The SFs demolished six houses, including the house
of Taliban's Mohmand Agency spokesman Ikramullah Mohmand and defused
15 mines during a search operation in Spin Ki Tangi. Two suspects
were also arrested.
The troops destroyed a Taliban centre at Shamsha
and defused 20 mines. In Akram Baig Kor, an area in the Safi sub-division,
the SFs blew up a boys' school the Taliban were using as a hideout.
The troops demolished five houses belonging to
the Taliban in Qandaro.
A suspected US missile strike destroyed a Taliban
training camp in Kurram Agency, killing at least 15 Taliban and
al Qaeda terrorists, as well as injuring another 50, security
officials said. "Fifteen militants were killed and 50 wounded,"
a senior security official told. No high-value targets were believed
to have died, the unnamed official added. Another security official
said most of the dead were Afghan Taliban militants. "The training
centre was run by local Taliban commander Fazal Saeed and training
was underway at the time of the strike," the official added. The
Taliban sealed off the area and retrieved bodies from the rubble
of the building after the strike.
Two civilians and a security official were injured
when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into
a fort in Landi Kotal in the Khyber Agency. Khyber Rifles Commandant
Colonel Furqanullah Khan Tarin told that the explosion had damaged
the western boundary wall of the Charbagh Fort.
The number of those killed in a suspected US missile
strike in Kurram Agency increased to 24. Two missiles fired by
an unmanned drone destroyed an alleged Taliban training camp in
Kurram, said officials. "We have handed over 24 bodies after cleaning
and wrapping them in cloth," Saidur Rehman, an official of the
local charity Al-Khidmat Foundation, told. Local administration
officials also confirmed that 24 bodies were found from the rubble,
having earlier said that 18 bodies had been found. A senior security
official told that 50 others, 'mostly Taliban', were injured,
and the dead included 'foreigners'.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead three pro-government
tribesmen in the Bajaur Agency. The slain tribesmen had been kidnapped
from the Hilalkhel village of Chaharmang sub-division three days
earlier. Residents said that the three headless bodies had been
dumped in a deserted place. The victims were pro-government tribesmen,
who were involved in organising a militia against militants in
The political administration has reportedly launched
crackdown on Afghan nationals living illegally in different parts
of Bajaur Agency. Sources said the crackdown was launched after
the administration received reports that the some Afghans who
had been repatriated to their homeland had returned to Bajaur.
The local administration directed the Afghans living in Khar sub-division
to leave the area in two days otherwise an operation would be
launched against them.
Two bodies were found in the Sam Paga area of
Upper Orakzai Agency. A note found near the bodies said the men
were spying for the United States, warning that anyone found guilty
of spying would meet the same fate.
Militants fired two rockets at the camp of SFs
in the Bhai Dag area of Baizai subdivision in Mohmand Agency.
Sources told that two rockets fired by militants landed in Bhai
Dag camp of Mohmand Rifles, a wing of the paramilitary Frontier
Corps. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported
in the attack. The security forces returned the fire and targeted
with artillery fire the suspected hideouts of militants in different
areas of Baizai. The Mohmand-based Taliban spokesman Ikramullah
Mohmand claimed responsibility for the attack.
Four militants were killed when
SFs targeted the suspected hideouts of militants with gunship
helicopters in different areas of the Mohmand Agency. Reports
from the agency said that four militants were killed as gunship
helicopters targeted positions of militants in the Had Kor area
of Ambar sub-division and Dwezai area of Pandyalai sub-division.
Three vehicles were also destroyed in the attack, said an official
source. However, the Mohmand-based Taliban spokesman Ikramullah
rejected the troops’ claim and said gunship helicopters shelled
their positions in different areas but that caused no loss of
life or damage to property.
The SFs in Landikotal sub-division
of Khyber Agency clashed with the Taliban militants after they
attacked an army camp using short-range missiles and mortars.
15 people were reportedly killed in the missile attack. The assailants
targeted the military facility near the Landikotal bazaar from
their hideouts in the mountains. One of the rockets missed the
target and hit a warehouse close to the bazaar, killing 15 men
who used to work at the warehouse and had also been using it as
a makeshift residence. Following the attack, the SFs retaliated
hitting the militants’ positions in the nearby mountains. A source
said a madrassa (seminary) adjacent to the army camp was
also hit in the missile attack.
Two important centres of a militant
group were demolished as the military operation in Bara in the
Khyber Agency continued for a second day. SFs moved into Qambarkhel
area and destroyed two bases of the Amar Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil
Munkir organisation. The operation continued for nearly four hours
in which two helicopter gunships were used. Officials said the
bases were empty when they were hit.
The Bara Peace Committee described
the operation as a violation of an agreement reached with the
political administration. Peace committee leader Haji Amal Gul,
whose house was demolished in the shelling on March 21, said those
arrested during the operation were innocent and not involved in
any criminal activity. He called for an immediate halt to the
operation and release of all prisoners.
The Taliban claimed responsibility
for the March 19 rocket attack on an army camp in Landi Kotal.
They said that 13 SF personnel had been killed in the attack,
but local authorities rejected the Taliban claim.
Militants killed two men they alleged were spying
for the US forces stationed across the border in Afghanistan.
The bullet-riddled bodies of Afghan national Imran Khan and local
tribesman Yousuf were found in different places in North Waziristan.
Notes found on the bodies said they were spying for the US forces.
While Yousuf's body was stuffed in a sack and dumped near the
Tablighi Markaz, Imran's body was found in the main bazaar of
||Seven militants, believed
to be Arab nationals, were killed and three others injured when
two vehicles they were traveling in, came under attack from the
US drones near Makeen area of South Waziristan Agency (SWA). Sources
close to the militants in the area told by telephone that the two
vehicles had just left the Makeen bazaar to drop the men at their
homes in Malik Shahi village of the SWA when they came under attack
from the CIA-operated drone. Makeen town is on the border with Razmak
sub-division of the North Waziristan Agency. The area is in control
of tribal militants affiliated with Baitullah Mehsud, chief of the
banned TTP. According to militant sources, the victims were junior-level
Arab fighters and there was no prominent figure among them.
A civilian was killed and a trooper sustained
injuries when SFs raided a drug market and opium processing plants
in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. Sources said the SFs
seized and later destroyed a huge quantity of contraband from
a drug market and demolished more then a dozen drug factories
during the operation. Though no details of the seizure were provided
to the media, independent sources in Bara told that at least 14
opium processing plants were destroyed while thousands kilograms
of contraband were either burnt or taken away by the troops. They
said there were at least 50 opium processing units in the area.
The operation against drug dealers at Langaro was the first of
its type during the last six decades and the place was considered
as one of the major drug centre in the country.
Militants killed a tribesman they alleged were
spying for the US forces in Afghanistan. The body of Gollu, a
resident of Wana who was kidnapped a few days ago, was found in
the town. A note found on the body said he was an American spy.
83 persons, including 16 Security Force personnel,
were killed and over 100 injured in a suicide attack on a mosque
at Peshawar-Torkham Highway in the Jamrud sub-division of Khyber
Agency in FATA during the Friday congregation. The huge explosion
reduced the single-storey roadside mosque to rubble. Witnesses
said they heard a huge explosion just as the Imam (prayer leader)
concluded his Friday sermon and the people stood up for the Friday
prayer. The dead included the prayer leader, his brother, four
personnel of the Frontier Corps and 12 Khassadars (tribal police).
The others were tribesmen belonging to the nearby villages, Pakistani
and Afghan civilians traveling between Peshawar and Torkham, and
drivers and conductors of trucks carrying goods to neighbouring
Afghanistan. While the Khyber Agency Political Agent Tariq Hayat
has confirmed that it was a suicide attack, the Associated Press
reported that a Government official has accused the Taliban of
carrying out the bombing in revenge for a recent offensive aimed
in part at protecting the major supply route for NATO and US troops
in Afghanistan that passes in front of the mosque.
Taliban killed two Afghan nationals, accusing
them of spying for the United States in North Waziristan. Bodies
of Ibrahim and Noor Gul were found on Mirali-Tall Road in Toda
Cheena in the Shwa District. A note left with the bodies warned
that anyone found spying for the US would meet the same fate.
Suspected Taliban militants blew up a bridge on
the Landikotal bypass in Khyber Agency. However, no causalities
were reported. Local administrative sources said the bridge was
hit with a mortar shell, damaging it partially and forcing the
suspension of supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
SFs backed by helicopter gun ships killed 26 Taliban
militants in the Mohmand Agency of FATA, official said. An official
statement issued by the Frontier Corps, NWFP headquarters, said
the SFs pounded Taliban hideouts during a search operation in
the Saapri area of Yakaghund tehsil (revenue division),
killing 26 Taliban, adding that the forces had secured the area
around Saapri. However, local sources said 18 Taliban militants
were killed in the operation.
Operation Daraghlam (Arriving)-II was launched
in Khyber Agency, the Khyber Agency Political Agent Tariq Hayat
Khan said. During a news briefing, Khan said orders to shoot the
Taliban militants on sight had been issued. He announced that
the victims of the suicide attack at a mosque on the Peshawar-Torkham
Highway in the Jamrud Sub-division on March 27 would each be given
PKR 300,000. Khan said a ban had been imposed on Taliban from
patrolling the area, adding that they could be behind the suicide
Jet fighters bombed various militant-infested
areas in the Pandyali and Ambar sub-divisions of Mohmand Agency.
The jets targeted hideouts of militants in Kanra, and Dwayzai
areas of Pandyali and Kotathrap, Sangar, Hadkor, Gombatai and
Chagali areas of Ambar. However, there was no report of casualties
as the areas are situated in rugged mountainous range and communication
system has been disrupted due to fighting.
Three minors and two women were among the 12 people
who died in the first-ever US drone attack in Orakzai Agency.
Sources told that an unmanned CIA-operated spy plane fired two
Hellfire missiles on the two-storey house of a militant commander
Maulvi Gul Nazeer alias Gul Mulla, in Khadeezai village, about
35 kilometers northwest of Ghiljo, Tehsil (revenue division)
headquarters of the Orakzai Agency. They said the drone first
fired one missile and fired another after an interval. The attack
was the first of its kind in Orakzai Agency, the only tribal region
out of the total seven regions of the FATA, which does not share
its border with Afghanistan. Reports said the dead included four
Arabs, one of them known as Kaka, reportedly a senior al Qaeda
operative. The victims included two women and three children,
including the wife of Gul Nazeer, his daughter-in-law, his two
sons and a nephew. The children were identified as Abdullah, Abdul
Latif and Mohammad Shoaib. Maulvi Gul Nazeer survived the attack.
The sources said an important meeting of senior militant commanders
of Baitullah Mehsud-led banned TTP was scheduled to be held at
the house of Maulvi Gul Nazeer.
Three soldiers were killed and four others sustained
injuries when their vehicle hit a bomb in the Safi area of Mohmand
Agency. The soldiers were reportedly going to the Frontier Corps'
base in Momad Gutt from Ghalanai. After the incident, Security
Forces bombed positions of militants in Safi subdivision and the
administration asked people living in Karier, Garhi, Palosi and
Mullakhel to vacate their homes by April 2.
Eight rockets, fired from Afghanistan, landed
in North Waziristan. Eight rockets were fired from Afghanistan
side out of which three fell in Bangidar area and five fell near
the main bazaar of Ghulam Khan, situated near the Afghan border.
However, no one was hurt as the rockets landed in vacant areas.
Seven civilians, including two schoolchildren,
and a soldier were killed when a suicide attacker blew up his
explosives-laden vehicle after being intercepted near a security
check post and an approaching military convoy at Miranshah in
the North Waziristan Agency. "Five private cars were also damaged
in the suicide attack. Security forces opened fire in all directions,
pre-empting a possible follow-up attack by the insurgents," said
a doctor at the nearby state-run hospital. 12 schoolchildren and
six soldiers were among 39 persons injured in the suicide attack.
A suspected US drone fired two missiles on an
alleged Taliban hideout in the North Waziristan Agency, killing
13 people. Unnamed security officials told news agencies that
the dead and injured included local and foreign Taliban militants,
but could not ascertain the information. The officials said the
family of the man who owned the attacked house was also killed.
"The missile hit a house where some guests were staying," one
intelligence agency official told. Officials use the word 'guests'
for foreigners linked to al Qaeda and Taliban militants. A local
tribal elder, Dilawar Khan, told Associated Press that the house
was in the Data Khel village very close to the Afghan border.
He did not know the identities of the people killed or whether
there were Taliban militants staying there.
Troops backed by helicopter gunships and jets
killed at least 18 Taliban militants in the Mohmand Agency. The
strikes launched continued overnight. "At least 18 Taliban were
killed and 20 others wounded in a full-fledged military operation
in Mohmand," an unnamed security official told. The militant death
toll could not be confirmed independently as the area is sealed
off under military operations. "We have also arrested two suspected
militants and recovered five paramilitary soldiers who had been
kidnapped by militants few days ago," the official said. The official
added that troops had taken a compound used by the Taliban as
their centre, forcing them to flee the area, and had also occupied
the key heights on the hills ringing Anbar village.
The TTP in Bajaur Agency declared amnesty for
all anti-Taliban tribal elders and appealed to the internally
displaced persons (IDPs) living in refugee camps to return to
the tribal region. The TTP also said political parties were creating
hurdles in the return of IDPs. In a telephonic conversation with
reporters, the TTP central spokesman Maulvi Umer said the Taliban
remained committed to a cease-fire they had declared in February
2009 to improve law and order in the agency. Umer said some political
parties were inciting the IDPs to demand enforcement of Sharia
(Islamic law) in Bajaur after Swat and were using them for vested
Four suspected militants were killed and five
others injured in a drone attack in the Gangikhel village of South
Waziristan Agency (SWA). The village is located 10 kilometers
south of Wana, headquarters of the SWA, locals said. An unnamed
senior official said the drone fired two missiles at a vehicle
parked by the Taliban in the village graveyard. The official also
said the Taliban had fitted heavy weapons on the vehicle to target
the CIA-operated spy plane which, he said, was seen hovering over
Wana and the adjoining villages at an extremely low altitude.
"They fired several shots at the drone, but failed to hit it.
The aircraft fired two missiles, blowing both the vehicles and
the militants into pieces," said the official. He added a nearby
house and a shop owned by a local tribesman were also partially
damaged in the missile strike. Militant sources confirmed the
killing of their four colleagues in the attack. They said three
among the slain militants belonged to the Punjab and one was affiliated
to a group of pro-government militant commander Maulvi Nazeer.
The Taliban beheaded two men they accused of spying
for the United States in North Waziristan. The beheaded body of
Shahid Mehsud was found along the Miranshah-Razmak Road in Dundin
area, 40 kilometers south of Miranshah, while the body of Gul
Mir Jan was found along the Datta Khel-Miranshah Road in Degaan
area, 20 kilometers west of Miranshah. Notes found near the bodies
warned that anybody found involved in spying for the US would
meet the same fate.
In South Waziristan, militants fired rockets at
the Frontier Corps' Scouts Camp in Wana early and also targeted
the high school in Shakai area. Officials of the Political Administration
said two rockets hit a high school in the Shakai area. Separately,
two rockets landed in the heavily guarded Scouts Camp in Wana.
However, no human or property loss was reported.
The Taliban announced the enforcement of Sharia
(Islamic law) in the Bajaur Agency of FATA and stopped women from
going outside without male relatives, banned shaving of beard
and warned the people against availing assistance from the Benazir
Income Support Programme (BISP). The announcement was made by
Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, Taliban chief in the agency, in his 40-minute
speech delivered through his group's illegal FM radio channel.
Faqir, who is deputy leader of the Baitullah Mehsud-led TTP, addressed
the tribesmen on the FM radio on weekly basis. He said he and
his men would spare no efforts to strictly implement the Islamic
laws in the region.
The Taliban dumped the beheaded body of Muhammad
Islam Khan, a senior leader of the Awami National Party in Bajaur,
in the agency's Ghundo area. He was abducted on his way home on
Three Taliban militants from the Mullah Nazir
group were killed in clashes with the SFs in South Waziristan-
marking the first intense clashes with the group since April 2007.
The political administration said that Taliban attacked two security
check posts in different areas of Wana with rockets and other
weapons - injuring one trooper deployed at the Dargai post. The
SFs retaliated using mortars and artillery shells, killing three
of the attackers.
The political administration found two bullet-riddled
bodies in the agency. Both were shot dead at point blank range,
said Police. The dead men were reportedly residents of Kurry Haider
area in Jandola. The bodies appeared to be those of pro-Mehsud
fighters from a group in Jandola led by Asmatullah Shaheen. The
group is opposed to a rival one led by Haji Turkistan Bhittani.
Bhittani told that his men were not involved in the killings.
Tribesmen killed a Taliban leader and injured
two others in Mohmand Agency. The Frontier Corps (FC) said that
Taliban leader Dilbar Khan, accompanied by 17 to 18 other members
of the group, went to Lundi Jawar village in Utmanzai to confront
a local over opposition to the group's activities in the area.
However, the villagers engaged the Taliban and killed Dilbar Khan
and injured two others. The FC said that after the clash Taliban,
a large number of Taliban militants surrendered in the same village.
A tribal jirga (council) handed over three
Jamrud mosque bombing suspects to political authorities in Khyber
Agency. On March 27, a bomber had blown himself up during the
Juma (Friday prayer) congregation at a crowded mosque at Begyari
in Jamrud, killing 83 people. Sources said the Khyber Agency's
political administration had sought the custody of eight suspects
from the Kokikhel Qaumi Jirga but only three - Khaista Khan, Taj
Wali and Muhammad Rafiq - had been handed over to them. They said
the jirga had promised remaining suspects' handover within the
next few days. Meanwhile, Khyber Agency's Political Agent Tariq
Hayat Khan distributed the PKR 300,000 cheques to the families
of nine dead and one injured by terrorists.
The Sikh community living in the
Orakzai Agency conceded to the Taliban demand to pay them jizia
– tax levied on non-Muslims living under Islamic rule – and
paid PKR 20 million to Taliban in return for ‘protection’. Officials
told that the Taliban also released Sikh leader Sardar Saiwang
Singh and vacated the community’s houses after the Sikhs accepted
the Taliban demand. The officials said the Taliban announced that
the Sikhs were now free to live anywhere in Orakzai. They also
announced protection for the Sikh community, saying that no one
would harm them after they paid jizia. Sikhs who had left the
agency would now return to their houses and resume their business
in the agency, the officials said.
Two persons were injured in landmine
explosions in Upper and Lower Kurram. A landmine exploded in the
Piwar area, west of the Parachinar city, in which one tribesman
sustained injuries. Another explosion occurred at Tangi in Lower
Kurram, injuring a local.
The Karachi Police arrested a
suspected militant hailing from Bajaur Agency and seized weapons,
including a hand grenade, in an encounter within the jurisdiction
of Sohrab Goth Police station. The arrested man was identified
as Ismatullah alias Sino Mehsud. A Kalashnikov, a 0.222 rifle,
two TT pistols and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession.
Four people were killed in a remote-controlled
bomb blast in the Tirah Shalobar area of Bara tehsil (revenue
division) of Khyber Agency. Sources said the dead included Sadiq
– a shura (executive council) member of militant outfit
Ansarul Islam (AI) – and an aide. The men were on their way to
Tirah Larbagh when the explosive device – planted on the side
of the road – went off. The men were injured by the explosion
and died later.
Fighter planes and gunship helicopters
targeted suspected hideouts of militants in different areas of
the Orakzai Agency, killing 16 militants, while 10 others, including
a soldier and two teachers, sustained injuries. Sources told that
the militants had occupied a rest house, a women’s community centre,
the Government Primary School in Ghiljo sub-division and the Government
High School in Dabori area. The militants had been using these
places as their bases, which came under severe air attack by the
Pakistan Air Force fighter planes and gunship helicopters. Suspected
hideouts of militants in the Khadizai and Mamuzai areas of Ghiljo
were also heavily bombed. Security Forces claimed that 16 militants
were killed in the daylong shelling, while eight persons, including
a soldier, two teachers and some civilians, sustained injuries.
Eight persons were killed and
two others sustained injuries when a suspected US spy plane fired
missiles at two houses in the Ziyari Noor area near Rustam Adda
in South Waziristan Agency. Sources said the US drones continued
hovering over the area for hours and one of them fired missiles
at the houses of Daim Khan Wazir and Wali Khan Wazir at 10:00
am, leaving eight civilians dead and two others injured. The houses
were completely destroyed in the attack and three vehicles parked
inside were also damaged.
Two people were killed and another
injured in a gunfight between Taliban militants and the operatives
of the TNSM in the Mamond sub-division of Bajaur Agency. The reason
for the clash - that occurred in the Meena area - could not be
ascertained. Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar confirmed the incident
while talking to reporters from an undisclosed location. He said
the Taliban would not allow anyone to display weapons in Mamond
in accordance with their peace deal with local tribal elders,
and that they had held 60 people so far for displaying weapons.
Rizwan, a TNSM leader and son of the outfit’s chief Maulana Sufi
Muhammad – said the incident was a result of a misunderstanding.
Some differences had emerged between the TNSM and the Mamond tribe,
he said, and a jirga (council of elders) is attempting
to resolve them.
A two-day-old ceasefire in South Waziristan collapsed
as the Taliban attacked bases of SFs hours after a drone attack
targeted suspected Taliban hideouts. Three persons, including
a woman and a child, were also killed in crossfire between the
Taliban and SFs, said locals. The Taliban attacked at least four
security check-posts. The SFs also reportedly shelled and launched
air strikes against Taliban positions in Wana, killing eight suspected
Taliban militants, said officials.
Helicopter gunships and jets targeted Taliban
positions in the Orakzai Agency, killing at least 11 militants
and injuring five others. The military operation against militants
has reportedly been expanded to the Mamozai, Maidan, Jabba, Samma
and Buda Khel areas. SFs launched operations on April 19 after
the TTP claimed responsibility for the April 18 suicide attack
in Doaba in which at least 23 soldiers and five civilians were
killed. The SFs are reported to have missed an important target,
the house of local TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, during the air
raid in Dabori.
Two women were killed as militants blew up a house
in Kalaya, headquarters of the Orakzai Agency, to punish a girl
and a boy in an honour-related case. The Taliban militants had
reportedly planted explosives in the house of the alleged paramour
of the girl where she was also living. The boy had fled the area
leaving behind the girl with his parents after the Taliban got
involved in the case. The girl, who belongs to the Bezote area,
sustained minor injuries in the blast. Locals told that a Sunni
girl had fled with a Shia man from the Bezote area to Kalaya in
the lower Orakzai Agency during March 2009. This had infuriated
the Taliban who asked the tribesmen to hand over both the girl
and the man for "execution under tribal customs". The tribesmen
had refused after which the Taliban kidnapped a man of the Kalaya
tribe and started killing passengers passing through the area.
FC troops foiled an ambush by suspected Taliban
militants on its convoy at Turkama Bhattai in the Thall area of
Kurram Agency, injuring two militants. According to an FC press
release, heavily armed militants ambushed an FC convoy, while
moving from the Alizai to the Bhattai post. It said that an intense
exchange of fire occurred between FC troops and the Taliban, following
which the militants fled. A vehicle in possession of the Taliban
was also destroyed, the press release added.
The TTP and TNSM announced to ban political parties
and politics in the Bajaur Agency after talks. Both the outfits
also banned the assembly of more than three people at a place.
The ban was enforced following a jirga (council of elders), after
four persons were killed in a clash between the activists of the
both the outfits.
Five rockets hit areas near army pickets in the
Shagai mountain of Jamrud in Khyber Agency. However, no loss of
life or injuries was reported. Official sources confirmed that
five rockets were fired from the Sheen Ghar side in Shagai mountain.
46 militants have been killed and 26 injured in
the four-day military operation in the Orakzai Agency, tribal
and official sources said. The sources said jet fighters and gunship
helicopters targeted the militants' hideouts in Balozai area of
the Kalaya Tehsil (revenue division) at 2:00 pm, killing five
militants and a civilian. A number of hideouts and bunkers of
the militants were reportedly destroyed on Shawazar mountain.
Several Government and private installations were also damaged
during the shelling by the jet fighters and gunship helicopters
on April 22.
The Inter-Services Public Relations media cell
said the SFs had killed 11 militants in the Orakzai Agency after
striking militants' hideouts in the Chapri, Ferozkhel, Khwajakhizar
and Bizoti areas. It further said that the SFs in operations on
April 21 and 22 killed 27 militants in Ghiljo Tehsil.
The TTP, Orakzai chapter commander, Hakimullah
Mehsud, told reporters by phone from an undisclosed location that
the TTP was not responsible for the killing of civilians. "Until
the government stops operations and ensures a halt to the drone
attacks in the tribal areas, the TTP will continue attacking the
government installations," he added. The residents of Dabori,
Khadizai and Ghiljo Tehsil have started to migrate to safer locations
in tractors, vans and carts. They complained that no camp had
been set up in the Hangu District of NWFP for the migrating people
by the political authorities. "We have no proper place to accommodate
the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Hangu and have requested
the provincial government to allot us a place for setting up a
camp for the affected people," Political Agent Orakzai Agency
Abdul Baseer said, adding the political authorities had also sought
funds from the central government on an emergency basis for the
rehabilitation of the affected people in the District.
Nine members of a family, including two women
and seven children, were killed when a house in the Storikhel
area of Khyber Agency was allegedly attacked by jet fighters and
gunship helicopters. Sources said jet fighters and gunship helicopters,
which were busy in the operations against militants in the neighbouring
Orakzai Agency, fired two missiles at a house owned by Gul Zarin,
Shah Zarin and Niaz Amin in Storikhel, killing two women and seven
Five members of a family, including three women,
were killed and four children sustained injuries when an explosive
device went off inside a vehicle in the Smalkhel area of Datakhel
sub-division in the North Waziristan Agency. Sources said the
family members of Faizullah were on their way home in the vehicle
when the explosion occurred, killing two women, driver Islahuddin
and a boy on the spot and injuring a woman and four children.
While the injured children admitted to the Miranshah Hospital,
the wounded woman succumbed to her injuries en route to hospital.
The vehicle was completely destroyed in the blast. It was unclear
whether the family was carrying the explosive device or someone
had placed it in the vehicle.
A survey conducted by Community Appraisal and
Motivation Programme (CAMP) with the help of the British High
Commission in Islamabad reports that 56 percent respondents described
Afghanistan's Taliban as "Islamic heroes fighting western occupation".
A paltry 12.1 percent called them "a terrorist group". More than
54 percent respondents said they were "dissatisfied with life"
in FATA in general. The number of satisfied people stood at 18.15
percent, according to the survey, and 17.5 percent said they were
neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. Some 73.25 percent tribesmen
referred to provision of justice as "the most important service"
that the Government should provide in their areas followed by
64.6 percent voting for education, 52.1 percent for health and
47 percent for tackling terrorism. Just 2.95 percent respondents
referred to the United States as a "very favorable" country, compared
with 66.2 percent who called it "very unfavorable".
SFs opened fire on a suspected
Taliban militant in a bazaar in the Datta Khel sub-division of
North Waziristan, killing him on the spot. An army convoy was
passing through the Datta Khel bazaar when they spotted Umer Nawaz
and shot him dead on suspicion.
Armed militants occupied three
houses and 10 shops of the Sikh community in Orakzai Agency who
failed to arrange the protection money. Sources said the houses
of Sikh cloth merchants were located in the Qasimkhel while the
shops were in the Ferozkhel area of Kalaya Tehsil (revenue
Six people were killed and two
injured when two missiles were fired by a suspected US drone at
Kani Garam village in South Waziristan. "Six people were
killed when a moving vehicle was hit by one [of the] missiles
fired by a US spy plane," tribesmen told. They said that
all of those killed were locals. Four people had also been injured
in the strike. A local administration official and intelligence
officials confirmed the missile strike.
Four militants were killed and
two others sustained injuries in artillery shelling by the SFs
in the Khwaizai Baizai area of Mohmand Agency. SFs targeted suspected
locations of the militants in different areas early in the morning,
killing four militants and wounding two others. The troops also
seized a pickup truck in the area and recovered rockets, mortar
shells and explosives.
Political Agent Amjad Ali Khan
claimed that the situation had improved in Safi subdivision of
Mohmand Agency after the military operation. He urged the elders
to fulfill their territorial and collective responsibilities and
not to allow miscreants to re-establish their hideouts in the
SFs targeted suspected positions
of the militants in the remote Narai Dara area of Khyber Agency.
Bombing with heavy weaponry was reportedly carried out from the
bordering town of Ghalanai, the headquarters of Mohmand Agency.
Officials said they had information of militants’ infiltration
from Mohmand Agency into Loe Shalman areas of Narai Dara, Ghund
Sar and Ugday Sar. Residents also confirmed movement of the Taliban
militants in these areas and said they had occupied a joint hujra
(guest house) in Narai Dara besides establishing hideouts in the
nearby mountains. However, there were no reports of any loss of
life or injuries in the military action.
The Taliban in Orakzai Agency
have banished 50 Sikh families from the agency for not paying
Jizia, a tax levied on non-Muslims living under Islamic law. According
to a private TV channel, Taliban militants occupied houses and
shops of the Sikhs and auctioned their valuables for PKR 0.8 million
in the Qasim Khel and Feroz Khel areas. The Taliban had demanded
PKR 12 million from the Sikh community but they had only paid
PKR 6.7 million to the Taliban, the channel said.
The Taliban killed a man in North
Waziristan for allegedly spying for the US. The bullet-ridden
body of Muhammad Gul, a resident of Dosali sub-division, was found
on the Miranshah-Razmak road, some 40 kilometers south of the
agency headquarters. A note found near the body warned that anyone
spying for the US would meet the same fate.
Taliban militants attacked a security
post in the Mohmand Agency, triggering a gun battle that left
16 Taliban militants and two soldiers dead. About 100 Taliban
militants attacked the Spinal Tangi post before dawn, the army
said in a statement. "Sixteen militants were killed in retaliatory
fire. Two security forces personnel embraced shahadat (martyrdom),"
it added. Three troops were also wounded.
A man was killed and five women
were injured in suspected Taliban rocket and missile attacks in
the Pusht area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue division) of Bajaur
Agency. Sources in the area said that a grand jirga (council)
of tribesmen was scheduled in Pusht when the Taliban militants
attacked the venue with rockets, destroying three houses. Tribesman
Abdul Jabbar was killed and five women, including three of a family
sustained critical injuries.
The volunteers of Salarzai Qaumi
Lashkar followed the Taliban militants in the hills and exchanged
fire for several hours. The Security Forces also targeted the
attackers’ positions from Khar. However, no casualties were reported
in both these incidents.
Two alleged US spies were killed
in North Waziristan. The body of Afghan national Fazl Haq was
found near a seminary in the Nowrak area of Mirali subdivision.
He had been captured in Afghanistan a few months ago. Further,
another body was found near a private hospital in Miranshah, the
A tribesman was killed when his
house was hit by a mortar shell fired by the SFs in retaliation
for an early morning rocket attack on the army camp at Landi Kotal
in the Khyber Agency. Security officials said unidentified militants
fired rockets at the army camp from Dalkhat side which caused
no damage. The SFs retaliated by indiscriminate firing in all
directions using both light and heavy weapons. Officials of the
local political administration said that a tribesman, Mohammad
Rashid, was killed on the spot when a mortar shell hit is house
in Gungi Kalay. Political authorities arrested five persons, including
an Afghan, from Dalkhat locality after the rocket attack on the
In the Jamrud sub-division, Taliban
commander Iftikhar Kukikhel surrendered to the local authorities,
officials said. Sources said that Iftikhar was wanted by the administration
in a number of sabotage activities and kidnapping of local officials
before the start of military operation in December 2008. Iftikhar
was made amir (chief) of Taliban in Jamrud after the arrest of
Hijrat alias Mustafa Kamal in November 2008 in Peshawar. Hijrat,
an Afghan, was accused of carrying out attacks on terminals of
NATO supplies in Peshawar.
Suspected Baloch insurgents killed
three SF personnel and injured three others when they attacked
their van in the Thali area of Karmo Wadh town close to Sibi District.
The insurgents are reported to have ambushed the SF personnel
from their hideouts in the mountains. The slain soldiers were
identified as Farman Ali, Muhammad Ramzan and Muhammad Rahim while
Gohar Ali, Nehamatullah and Muhammad Ibrahim were injured. Local
sources said the attack was followed by clashes between the two
sides. However, the insurgents managed to escape.
Unidentified men blew up a gas
pipeline in the suburbs of Quetta. Officials of the Sui Southern
Gas Company Limited said the explosion along the 16-inch diameter
pipeline in Mengalabad area on Sariab Road destroyed a portion
of the gas pipeline, affecting gas supply to some suburbs. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
A Taliban commander close to Baitullah Mehsud
was among six people found dead from various areas of South Waziristan
- two months after the men went missing. The bullet-riddled body
of commander Tikka Khan Burki - the Taliban chief for Salayrogha
area in upper Kaniguram region - was found in Karwanmanza area
of Ladah sub-division.
The shrine of noted Pashto poet Ameer Hamza Khan
Shinwari, two girls' schools and a shop were partly damaged when
militants attacked the structures with rockets and explosive devices
in the Landikotal subdivision of Khyber Agency. Sources said the
boundary wall of the Hamza Baba Complex in Landikotal was partially
damaged when explosives, planted by militants, went off. Hamza
Baba mausoleum is inside the complex which had been targeted several
times by militants in the recent past.
Militants fired several rockets at the Government
Girls Higher Secondary School in Landikotal in the early hours.
The science laboratory of the school was partially damaged when
one of the rockets hit the building. The school building is reportedly
situated adjacent to the Landikotal Army Garrison.
12 people were killed in a US drone attack in
South Waziristan Agency (SWA) near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Tribal sources said six, or possibly more, missiles were fired
at three to four houses at Sunrai Zyara Leeta border village at
8 am. One of the houses was destroyed and others were damaged.
An unnamed senior Government official claimed the targeted compounds
were being used by local militants as a training and transit camp
to launch attacks in Afghanistan. He conceded there was no Government
presence in the area. He also had no information about the identity
of those killed and injured.
Two FC soldiers were injured when rockets fired
by the militants hit the Army Garrison at Landikotal in Khyber
Agency. Sources said unidentified militants fired six rockets
from the nearby mountains and one of them hit the trench of the
SFs while five of them fell inside the Army Garrison. Two FC men,
whose identities could not be ascertained, were wounded. In retaliation,
the SFs shelled the hideouts of militants in the mountains but
there was no word on the casualties. The Khyber Agency Taliban
commander Umar Farooq claimed responsibility for the attack, saying
that a number of SF personnel were killed and injured in the attack.
However, the SFs denied this Taliban claim by saying that only
two soldiers were injured.
An official of the Khyber Khasadar Force, who
had been kidnapped by militants three months ago, was freed and
reached home. He was identified as Subedar Major Fida Muhammad
SFs killed five militants in the North Waziristan
Agency after a military convoy was targeted with an IED in the
Pir Killay area, in which three soldiers were killed and four
others sustained injuries. Sources said the SFs convoy was on
its way to Bannu in NWFP from Miranshah when it was attacked with
the IED, leaving three soldiers dead and four others injured.
The vehicle was completely destroyed in the explosion. The troops
retaliated by resorting to artillery shelling at the militants'
positions from the Miranshah Tochi Fort, killing five militants.
Gunship helicopters also took part in the action against the militants.
Parliamentarians belonging to the FATA rejected
the TTP ultimatum to step down as legislators within three days.
These legislators contended that they would pay no heed to such
warnings and continue serving people of their respective constituencies.
"We are elected representatives of people, who have voted us to
the legislative bodies so that we could serve them and contribute
to the nation-building. Such threats have no value," said Sajid
Hussain Toori, who hails from Parachinar in the Kurram Agency.
Toori is part of a 10-member independent group of legislators,
headed by Munir Khan Orakzai. Abbas Afridi, who is a Senator from
FATA, also rejected the ultimatum. Another Senator Haji Khan Afridi,
who is from Khyber Agency, said that on such warnings or demands,
he would never resign.
Three soldiers were killed and four others sustained
injuries when their convoy came under a bomb attack near Miranshah
in North Waziristan. Troops besieged Pir Kala, about 10km north
of Miranshah, and fired on suspected militants' positions. Helicopter
gunships were called in to support ground forces. According to
local people, militants fired back and the ensuing exchange of
fire continued for over three hours. Officials said the military
convoy was going to Bannu in NWFP when it was hit by the bomb
detonated by remote control.
Three militants, including a local Taliban 'commander',
were killed in a bomb blast in the Sheikhan area of the Khwezai
subdivision of Mohmand Agency. SFs, however, claimed that they
had killed the three by targeting suspected hideouts with heavy
weapons. Official sources said that SFs targeted militants' positions
in Spinki Tangi from a Frontier Corps post in Bhai Dag. The troops
also targeted suspected positions of the militants in Shalman
and Mulla Ghani Baba area, bordering the Khyber Agency, with heavy
Militants blew up a rural health centre, a boys'
school in Ambar and a degree college in Lakkaro. Explosives were
planted around the building that exploded in the early hours.
However, no casualty was reported.
At least 25 people were killed in a suspected
US drone missile attack on a seminary and a nearby vehicle in
North Waziristan. They said US drones fired two missiles in Mir
Ali sub-division of the North Waziristan - with one missile hitting
the Anwarul Uloom Islamia seminary and the other a vehicle. "It
was a drone strike on a compound where militants were staying,"
a security official told. Other intelligence officials put the
death toll as high as 28, saying the dead were mostly local militants
who had been preparing to leave for Afghanistan to carry out attacks.
The officials added, however, that the bodies of most of those
killed were burnt beyond recognition.
Nine Taliban militants were killed and another
13 injured when the SFs attacked Taliban hideouts in the Upper
Orakzai Agency. Political administration sources told that SFs
targeted Taliban hideouts in Dabori, headquarters of Upper Orakzai,
using helicopter gun ships. Locals said all the dead were local
Taliban and that no key Taliban commander was killed in the attack.
Local Taliban, however, denied that any of their men were killed
in the attack on their hideouts in the agency. Helicopter operations
are being carried out as part of a larger ground and air assault
against Taliban hideouts in Malakand division.
The Taliban in Mohmand Agency
announced they had killed two soldiers of the paramilitary FC,
who were in their custody, and threatened to execute the remaining
four if the Government failed to meet their demand for an exchange
of prisoners. Ikramullah, a spokesman for the banned TTP, Mohmand
Agency chapter, told by phone from an undisclosed location that
Sepoy Imran was executed on May 17 while Sepoy Zari Badshah was
killed on May 18. He said the bodies of the two men were left
on Qandaharo Road in Mohmand Agency. The spokesman said the two
FC men were executed to avenge the murder of five Taliban prisoners,
including commanders Yahya Hijrat and Maulana Arabistan, by Police
in the limits of the Yakatoot Police station in Peshawar, the
NWFP capital, on May 8. "We are still holding four more FC
soldiers. We would execute one soldier every day if the government
did not agree to our offer of the exchange of prisoners,"
the Taliban spokesman warned.
SFs claimed to have killed 13
militants and arrested five foreign combatants in an encounter
near Khapakh check-post in the Halimzai sub-division of Mohmand
Agency. A spokesman for the Mohmand Rifles Media Centre said SFs
arrested five Burqa (veil)-clad foreign militants when they were
trying to infiltrate into Afghanistan via the Pakistan-Afghanistan
route. Following their arrest, the spokesman said local militants
attacked the Khapakh security checkpoint with sophisticated weapons
from all sides. He said SFs repulsed the attack and killed 13
militants in the ensuing three-hour encounter. He claimed that
after the clash, the militants swiftly took away the bodies of
their companions. However, the body of one of the alleged militants
was recovered from the area. "Three of the arrested militants
belong to Saudi Arabia and one each to Libya and Afghanistan,"
the spokesman added. Following the clash, SFs imposed a curfew
and launched a search operation in the area. The sources said
three local suspected militants, whose names could not be ascertained,
were arrested during the search operation.
The TTP Mohmand Agency spokesman
Akramullah confirmed that the TTP Khyber Agency chief Hijratullah
was killed by SFs a few months ago. The spokesman told the BBC
that SFs had killed Hijratullah following his arrest. He claimed
that Hijratullah and his associate, Arbistan, had been tortured
to death along with three others, denying reports that they had
been killed in a Police encounter.
Unidentified man blew up a private
dispensary in the Landikotal sub-division of Khyber Agency. Explosives
were planted near the dispensary located in Wali Khel area of
Landikotal. While the building was damaged in the blast no casualties
Four civilians and five SF personnel
were killed and 25 persons injured in a suicide attack near a
Frontier Corps (FC) fort in the Jandola area of Tank. According
to a private TV channel, an explosives-laden truck rammed into
the FC camp damaging several nearby shops and the fort.
Taliban commander Yar Syed alias
Chakri and five of his associates surrendered to the Government
at a jirga (council of elders) in Mohmand Agency. Yar Syed,
a TTP commander in Mohmand Agency, also handed over weapons to
the political administration. He conceded that "I was in
the wrong", and assured the Political Agent that he and the
five other men would remain peaceful.
SFs launched a military operation
in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA). The action came a year after
a secret peace deal with Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, official
and tribal sources. According to sources, SFs rained artillery
and mortar shells on suspected locations of the Baitullah Mehsud-led
Taliban militants in the Mehsud inhabited areas of South Waziristan.
There were no details about any loss of life in the shelling.
Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas, however, denied
launching any military operation in South Waziristan. He said
the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) had taken some action but
he had no further details. Official and tribal sources said SFs
at Jandola and Manzai military camps began artillery shelling
on the Taliban’s suspected positions in Srarogha, Kotkai and Spinkai
Raghzai villages of Mehsud tribal people. An unnamed security
official told that the artillery shelling was a reaction to the
suicide attack near Jandola FC camp on May 21, in which 12 people
were killed and several others injured.
Suspected Taliban militants abducted
two paramilitary soldiers from Inayat Kalay at Bajaur Agency,
and the local administration arrested 189 Mamoond tribesmen in
retaliation, officials said. Political Agent Shafirullah Khan
warned the Mamoond tribe in a jirga (council of elders)
against violating the deal it had made with the Government three
months ago. A television channel said he gave them a three-day
deadline to stop militant activities.
Fighter jets and helicopter gunships
targeted Taliban hideouts in the Orakzai Agency, with the AP
news agency reporting at least 18 people killed in the offensive.
AP quoted a Government official as saying that the targets
were strongholds of Hakeemullah Mehsud, a deputy to Taliban leader
Baitullah Mehsud. Hundreds have reportedly fled the area amid
the fighting. Local sources said helicopter gunships and fighter
jets attacked Jama Masjid and adjacent centres in Dabori area
of Upper Orakzai, Mattani and Khawageri. A seminary near Ghalju
was also targeted and another was damaged in shelling in Lower
Orakzai. Three Taliban centres were also destroyed in Laddah,
Atmankhel and Ferozkhel, and the death of three militants was
reported from Lower Orakzai. The sources told that at least eight
Taliban hideouts were destroyed.
In South Waziristan, reports stated
that two security officials were killed in a Taliban attack on
a security convoy.
SFs launched a military operation against the
Baitullah Mehsud-led militants in South Waziristan, reportedly
killing seven militants. However, the military spokesman, Major
General Athar Abbas, denied the operation in South Waziristan
and said SFs had just consolidated their positions in the region.
Official and tribal sources said that four Pakistan Army gunship
helicopters targeted suspected positions of Baitullah Mehsud-led
Taliban militants in the Mehsud-inhabited areas of South Waziristan.
Similarly, SFs from paramilitary Frontier Corps camps in Jandola,
Seplatoi and Tiarza also fired artillery shells and targeted suspected
locations of the militants in Chagmalai, Tiarza, Spinkai Raghzai
and Seplatoi villages. Tribal sources said seven suspected militants
were killed and several others sustained injuries in the shelling
by gunship helicopters and artillery.
People in large numbers have reportedly started
fleeing their homes due to the military operation while the Government
selected Dabara area on the Tank-Dera Road to set up a camp for
the tribesmen being displaced from South Waziristan Agency.
SFs arrested six persons from a seminary where
a military convoy was attacked, local leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl
The SFs shot dead two suspected militants when
they refused to surrender in the Mamad Gat area of Mohmand Agency.
Sources said two unidentified militants were heading for Ghallanai
from the Chinari area when the SFs stopped them near the Mohmand
Rifles camp and ordered them to surrender. However, the militants
resisted, which prompted the troops to open indiscriminate fire,
killing both of them on the spot. The political administration
has confirmed the incident and said the slain militants hailed
SFs foiled a bid to blow up the building of Government
High School in the Michni area of Mohmand Agency and arrested
four suspected persons.
15 Taliban militants were killed and several injured
by SFs shelling in South Waziristan Agency. According to a private
TV channel, the SFs shelled Taliban hideouts in Sarokai area,
killing 15 militants and injuring several others.
SFs claimed to have arrested six Taliban militants,
including a foreigner, and seized a large cache of arms from them.
Frontier Corps Commander Colonel Asif told a press conference
that one of the militants belonged to Afghanistan, and others
were from Khyber Agency. He said the arrested militants were active
members of the TTP. Asif said the six men were going to join their
accomplices in Afghanistan. He said three vehicles, rocket launchers,
anti-aircraft guns and other weapons had been recovered from them.
More than 20 suspected militants and their financiers
were arrested during separate operations in the Jamrud and Bara
areas of Khyber Agency. Sources said a majority of those arrested
belonged to the Shalober tribe of Afridis in Bara sub-division
of Khyber Agency. At least two of them, identified as Aftab and
Farman, belonged to the Shah Kas area of Jamrud sub-division,
where different militant outfits are operating. The sources said
operations were simultaneously conducted in Jamrud, Bara and areas
of Peshawar, bordering Bara. The arrested persons included both
suspected militants and those accused of financing them.
Two Taliban militants and a soldier were killed
in a clash between the SFs and militants near the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border in South Waziristan. Local residents and political administration
officials said some Taliban militants attacked a checkpost of
the SFs at Narai Sarkai border area with rocket launchers killing
a soldier, Shahid, and injuring two others. Two Taliban militants
were killed and another injured when the security forces retaliated.
According to locals, the Taliban succeeded in escaping with the
bodies of their colleagues.
25 militants, including a senior commander of
the Baitullah Mehsud-led TTP, Miraj Burki, and six soldiers were
killed and several others wounded in clashes between the militants
and SFs in South Waziristan Agency. Other reports said 13 soldiers
were killed and over two dozens injured. Fierce fighting between
the two sides has reportedly forced thousands of tribal families
to leave their homes in the Mehsud-inhabited areas.
The latest clashes erupted with two different
attacks on a security post and a military convoy by the militants
at Spinkai Raghzai and Tiarza. In the first attack, which took
place on the night between May 30 and 31, the militants opened
fire on a security post located on hilltop in Spinkai Raghzai.
According to sources, three soldiers were killed and six others
injured in the attack. In addition, four soldiers went missing
during the clashes and are suspected to have been abducted by
the militants. There were reports that the militants beheaded
them and threw their bodies in the mountains. Military officials
said the SFs retaliated and inflicted heavy losses on the Taliban.
Military spokesman, Major General Athar Abbas, said 15 militants
were killed when the troops fired back.
Three soldiers, including a Lieutenant, were killed
and some others injured in an ambush on a military convoy by the
Taliban near Tiarza. The convoy was heading towards Tiarza from
Shakai when it was attacked. According to sources, 45-year old
Meraj Burki, who was a senior militant commander of the TTP, had
led dozens of militants to ambush the military convoy. Military
authorities said the troops retaliated and killed 10 militants.
Tribal sources confirmed the killing of six militants in retaliatory
firing by the SFs. Tribal elders in Tiarza said they received
reports that commander Meraj had been killed in retaliatory firing
by the troops.
Tribal sources said the SFs started heavy artillery
shelling from Frontier Corps camps in Jandola and Manzai towards
suspected locations of the militants in Kotkai, Tiarza, Ladha,
Makeen and Srarogha villages.
Two Taliban commanders surrendered before the
political authorities in Khyber Agency. Sources told that two
Taliban leaders, identified as Muhammad Noor and Meena Jan, surrendered
in the Jamrud area.
The Taliban blew up a girls’ school
in Mohmand Agency. According to sources, Taliban had wired the
Government-run girls’ school with an improvised explosive device
in the Shewafarash area of Lakro sub-division, which they detonated
early. However, no casualties were reported.
Three more Government schools
were blown up in the Mohmand Agency. Sources said the Girls Middle
School in Kotatrap, Government Girls Primary School, Kogpand and
Boys Primary School, Darao, in the Safi and Ambar sub-divisions,
were destroyed by suspected militants, who planted explosive devices
and blew them up. However, no casualty was reported in the explosions.
Around 50 cadets and teachers
from the Razmak Cadet College are still in Taliban custody, a
private TV channel reported after SFs said they had rescued 71
kidnapped cadets and nine employees from North Waziristan. Around
100 students were kidnapped on June 1 when a convoy of students,
teachers and their families was on its way to Bannu in the NWFP.
SFs claimed to have arrested 12
militants, including nine foreigners, and recovered weapons and
communication gadgets from their possession in different areas
of Mohmand Agency. A spokesman for the Mohmand Rifles, while giving
details to the media, said the SFs arrested 12 militants during
checking at the Lakaro, Bhai Dag and Chopan Karapa check-posts.
The Taliban released the remaining
46 kidnapped students and two teachers of the Razmak Cadet College
from the South Waziristan Agency and handed them over to a Jirga
(council of elders) of Torikhel and Utmanzai Wazir tribes
near Razmak. The cadets and two staff members of the college were
released without any condition. They were held somewhere in South
Waziristan after their abduction from the Frontier Region (FR)
Bakakhel, Tribal sources said their release was negotiated by
a tribal Jirga of Torikhel and Utmanzai Wazir tribes and members
of a peace committee of North Waziristan Ulema and Taliban leaders.
Seven persons, including five
SF personnel, were killed and four others sustained injuries in
three separate incidents of violence in South Waziristan Agency
(SWA) and adjoining Tank District. Four soldiers were killed and
two injured when their patrol pickup hit an IED on the Jandola-Spinkai
Raghzai road in SWA. The Army and paramilitary Frontier Corps
personnel have been guarding the Jandola-Spinkai Raghzai road
in South Waziristan. The pickup truck was destroyed, while another
was partially damaged in the attack. In another incident, a solider
died and two others were injured when an IED planted by suspected
militants exploded near Angoor Adda - a border town between South
Waziristan and Afghanistan’s Paktika province. There were reports
that a bomb disposal squad was defusing the IED when it exploded.
No details about the third incident were reported.
SFs arrested three foreign terrorists
at Alizai check-post in the Bajaur Agency. The SFs also reportedly
seized a suicide vest, currency, cassettes, hate literature, rocket
launchers, remote-control bombs and various mobile phone SIMs
from them. Security officials then paraded the detained men before
the media. The terrorists were entering Bajaur after battling
against the Pakistan Army in the Swat District of NWFP, the source
During clashes between two groups
of militants in the Mamond area of Bajaur Agency, four combatants
were killed. Supporters of Maulana Faqir Muhammad, of the TTP,
and Commander Salar Masood of the TNSM are now reportedly preparing
for a major showdown in the area. The clash took place after the
Salar group kidnapped Jarar Hussain of the TTP following a dispute
over money. According to sources, Salar Masood’s militants were
repulsed when they attempted to overrun the headquarters of the
TTP in Sewai. The sources said three of the slain militants belonged
to the Salar group, Shah Tamas Khan, Zafarullah and Musa Khan,
and one to the TTP, Najeebullah. Five men from both sides sustained
injuries in the clashes.
Security Forces launched a search
and destroy operation in the Anbar Valley, demolishing 15 houses,
setting fire to another 34, and arresting eight people suspected
of being terrorists.
During a grand jirga (council
of elders) of Safi tribal elders and the political administration,
Political Agent Mohmand Amjad Ali advised the internally displaced
persons of Swat and Malakand Division to return to their respective
areas by June 15, saying they would not be allowed to stay at
relief camps beyond that date.
Around 90 percent of the local
tribesmen have left South Waziristan and are now living in settled
Districts, the South Waziristan Senator Saleh Shah said. He said
the Government had not made any arrangements for those who had
relocated. The Senator said a committee of political functionaries
and tribal elders has estimated that the previous military operations
had cost around PKR 1.30 billion in damages to different areas
and more than 4500 houses and shops had been damaged in the current
The Taliban have taken 100 members of the TNSM
hostage, including the local chief from Mamoond area of Bajaur
Agency. A private TV channel reported that differences between
the Taliban and the TNSM had intensified, while on the other hand
a group of Taliban had refused to fight the military.
Suspected Taliban militants fired mortars at a
security check-post in the Amabar sub-division of Mohmand Agency,
injuring 11 soldiers. According to Mohmand Rifles officials, the
attackers fired about 36 mortar shells at the Hadkor check-post.
The Security Forces subsequently targeted Taliban hideouts in
the nearby areas in retaliation.
The Pakistan Air Force jet fighters started bombing
suspected locations of Taliban militants in the Orakzai Agency
in FATA and the adjoining Hangu District in NWFP, killing 33 persons,
including the Sunni Supreme Council chief Maulana Muhammad Amin
and his nephew, and injuring 29 others. The local officials, however,
put the death toll in the two regions at 50, including women and
children. The warplanes targeted militants' positions in Mushti
Bazaar, Mushti Mela, Ferozkhel, Sheikhan, Dabori, Ghiljo, Khadeezai,
Shahuwam and Sultanzai. 26 people were reportedly killed and 13
others injured in the daylong bombing in these villages of Orakzai
Agency. The warplanes also targeted a madrassa (seminary)
run by prominent cleric and leader of the Sunni Supreme Council
of Hangu and Orakzai Agency, Maulana Mohammad Amin, at Shahuwam
Bazaar in Orakzai. Besides six other people, the Maulana himself
and his nephew Hafiz Rashid Ahmad were killed and a few others
injured. Maulana Amin had reportedly close links with militants.
The planes also targeted an alleged training centre of militants
in Khapanga area of Lower Kurram Agency. The camp was reportedly
run by local militant commander, Ismail Shah. Military officials
said Maulana Amin had close links with the Taliban. An Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued from Peshawar said 40
terrorists were present in the seminary during the attack. It
said 13 of the terrorists died, which the local administration
The army killed 22 Taliban militants during fierce
clashes in South Waziristan, the ISPR said. According to reports
from Waziristan, the fighting broke out when around 400 militants
attacked the Siplatoi check-post and the Jandola Fort late on
June 10, and continued for several hours. Three soldiers died
and five were injured in the fight, the military said in a daily
update in Rawalpindi. Talking to Daily Times, hospital
sources confirmed 11 Taliban deaths. They said seven militants
SFs killed 12 militants in the Mohmand Agency,
targeting Taliban's hideouts. In addition, five persons were killed
when shells missed targets and landed in civilian areas. SFs are
reported to have targeted the militants' hideouts in Alingar,
Akhunzadgan, Sagi, Sheikh Baba, Sooran Darra, Guloona and Shandarra
areas of Safi and Khewzai Baizai sub-divisions with helicopters
gunship, artillery, tanks and other sophisticated weapons. Yar
Khan, his wife and two children were killed when an artillery
shell hit his house in Akhunzadgan area. Another civilian, Muhammad
Deen Shah, was killed in the Alingar area. Civilians were also
hit in the Upper and Lower Sagi areas. However, the number of
casualties could not be ascertained.
Paramilitary forces continued to target the militants'
positions from the Frontier Corps camps in Bahai Dag and Mamad
Gutt. The militants fired two mortar shells at Ghalanai, the Mohmand
Agency's headquarters, which was returned by SFs by hitting the
nearby mountains with artillery shells.
Seven Taliban militants were killed by the SFs
in Bajaur Agency's Charmang area, considered to be a Taliban stronghold.
Planes and helicopters attacked militants' positions in Tangi,
Hashim Ziarat, Kotki and Babara. Militants had reportedly used
Mamond and Charmang for regrouping after having signed a peace
deal with the Government. They built bunkers and dug trenches
to protect themselves against ground and air assaults and had
also occupied agricultural land of tribal elders and Government
buildings. The TPP, meanwhile, urged the Government to halt the
operation and its spokesman Maulvi Umar said that the peace deal
would be derailed if the operation continued.
Pakistan Air Force jet fighters bombed suspected
hideouts of TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud at South Waziristan Agency
in FATA. "In response to the suicide attack on Jamia Naeemi, in
which Dr Sarfraz Naeemi and six others were killed in Lahore,
two terrorists' compounds were targeted by the air force in Makeen,"
a military statement said. However, the military statement gave
no details of the casualties inflicted on the Taliban militants
during the early morning strikes. "The number of casualties could
not be ascertained." Hours before the attack on Mehsud's stronghold,
President Asif Ali Zardari vowed in a televised address to wage
war against militancy "to the end".
The SFs had reportedly killed 10 militants by
targeting their hideouts with jetfighters and gunship helicopters
in different areas of the Nawagai sub-division of Bajaur Agency.
Official sources also said four others were arrested in the daylong
SFs said they had killed 65 Taliban militants,
including foreigners, and injured 50 in various army operations
in South Waziristan and Bannu during the last 24 hours. "Thirty
terrorists were killed, including a few foreigners, and 50 were
injured at Makeen, South Waziristan due to the air strike on Saturday,"
the ISPR said in a statement. It said the offensive was partially
in response to the suicide attack on Mufti Sarfaraz Naeemi's madrassa
(seminary) in Lahore on June 12, in which seven civilians were
killed, and the suicide attack on the Nowshera mosque on the same
day in which five personnel were killed.
SFs claimed to have killed 24 militants in an
operation in the Mohmand Agency. In addition, 12 civilians were
killed when shells missed their targets and landed in the civilian
areas of the agency. Sources said that SFS targeted militants'
hideouts in the Sooran Darra, Sheikh Baba, Dawezai, Kemor, Shati
Kandao, Chamar Kand, Alingar, Kog Pind, Ghanam Shah and Shandara
areas with jet fighters, gunship helicopters, tanks and artillery,
killing 24 militants. A number of houses owned by militants were
also destroyed in various areas. However, some of the shells missed
their intended targets and landed in the civilian areas, killing
12 persons. A large number of tribesmen continued shifting to
safer locations. According to sources, about 40 to 50 thousand
people have left their homes.
Air force jets and helicopter gunships targeted
suspected positions of militants in the Salarzai and Nawagai areas
of Bajaur Agency. At least nine militants were killed and several
others injured, officials said. They said two planes and several
helicopters attacked militants' positions in the Charmang area
of Nawagai sub-division. Hideouts in Babara, Cheenar, Kotki and
Hashim Koi were also bombed. According to local people, Security
Forces were facing stiff resistance in some parts of the Charmang
valley. The officials said troops had also attacked the command
and control system of militants in the valley and they were fleeing
from the area. Suspected militant positions were also attacked
in the Banda Darra, Ghundai and Mulla Said areas of Salarzai sub-division.
The air strikes continued for about 40 minutes and two militants
Reports indicated that militants are still hiding
in Government installations in the plain areas of Bajaur Agency.
They are said to have built bunkers in some Government buildings.
Sources said at least 24 militants had been killed during the
operation since June 12.
A US missile strike targeting militants killed
three persons in the Laddha region of South Waziristan Agency.
"A drone attack targeting a militant vehicle killed three people
in Mardar Algad area… There is a training camp close to this area,"
said Amir Mohammad Khan, a local administration official in Laddha.
Khan said the Taliban militants had surrounded the area of the
attack and Security Forces were not able to gather any more information
about the missile strike. An intelligence official in the area
confirmed the missile attack. "A drone targeted the militant vehicles
in the Mardar Algad area," he told. "One of the double-cabin vehicles
was totally destroyed." Preliminary reports say that three militants
were killed, he added.
Three people were killed and two injured when
a vehicle carrying supplies for the NATO forces hit a roadside
bomb in South Waziristan. Two of the deceased have been identified
as Afghans, while one has been identified as a Pakistani. Political
authorities confirmed the incident. A local administration official,
however, told the incident was a suspected US missile strike.
The political administration and a military spokesman, however,
claimed such reports were baseless.
SFs claimed to have killed 50 Taliban militants
during military operations in the Mohmand Agency, Bajaur Agency,
Malakand Division and Bannu District during the past 24 hours.
The ISPR said five Taliban militants were killed in retaliation
after they attacked a local Lashkar (militia) in the Dir District.
They said the Lashkar also destroyed three houses and injured
six militants. It said another member of the Taliban was killed
when Police fired at a car that refused to stop at a check-post.
"The car exploded, as it was primed for a suicide attack," it
In Mohmand Agency, 29 Taliban militants were killed
and 25 injured when the SFs targeted their hideouts with jet planes
and helicopter gunships.
In Bajaur Agency, eight militants, including a
commander, were killed, said a security official in Khar.
SFs claimed to have killed 15 militants, including
a key foreign commander, in the Bajaur Agency of FATA and Dir
Lower District in the NWFP. Sources said that the SFs heavily
shelled positions of the militants in the Charmang area of Nawagai
sub-division with artillery from Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur
Agency, Loisam and Tank Khatta camps, destroying several hideouts
in the area. An important foreign commander, known as Goraila,
and three local militants were killed in the action. SFs cleared
the area of the militants and took control of the key locations
in Charmang, the stronghold of the militants. Troops also launched
a search operation during which five rocket shells were recovered,
which were defused by a special squad. Two remote-controlled bombs
were also defused during the Security Forces' advance towards
Three persons were killed and four others sustained
injuries in clashes between two groups in the Kurram Agency. The
clashes which erupted when the rivals belonging to Balishkhel
and Khar villages started building bunkers, sparked sectarian
tension. According to sources, the clash followed an attack by
Khar villagers near the Balishkhel checkpoint.
SFs targeted suspected hideouts of the Baitullah
Mehsud-led Taliban militants in South Waziristan Agency, causing
exodus of thousands of families from the troubled spots. SFs,
based at Manzai, Jandola and Tiarza Frontier Corps camps, fired
artillery shells towards suspected locations of the militants
in Ladha, Spinkai Raghzai, Chagmalai and Srarogha, where the military
officials believe Baitullah and his senior commanders were hiding.
However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Tribal sources said almost all villages and towns
inhabited by the Mehsud tribe had been deserted after the people
fled to safer locations. The tribesmen complained that despite
an announcement by the Government, no relief camp had been set
up for the internally displaced persons of South Waziristan.
The Government has, in principle, reportedly decided
to launch Operation Rah-e-Nijat against chief of the TTP Baitullah
Mehsud and his network in South Waziristan Agency (SWA), as the
Pakistan Army has received necessary orders in this regard, a
military spokesman said. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad,
Director General of the ISPR, Major General Athar Abbas, said
preparatory phase of the decisive operation against the militants
was already underway. He said the operation would be taken to
its logical end. Abbas refused to share operational and tactical
details about the operation with the media, saying it would benefit
the terrorists. According to unconfirmed reports, an Uzbek militant,
Tahir Yuldash, was injured in recent airstrikes on the hideouts
of Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan Agency, sources said.
In reply to a question, the ISPR chief said according
to a press statement of Baitullah he had a force of around 10,000
militants. He said all the necessary arrangements were being made
by the security forces to block escape of militants from the area,
where the operation was to be launched.
An artillery shell fired by the SFs struck a house
in the Koz Chinari area of Mohmand Agency killing two women and
injuring four children. The report, however, could not be confirmed
by independent sources.
Eight SF personnel were injured when the Taliban
militants attacked them with mortar shells during a search operation
in Koz Chinari and its adjoining areas.
The militants are reported to have dynamited one
health centre each in the Sagi and Pandyalai areas.
Thousands of people from the violence-afflicted
areas in the agency were stranded at Ghazi Baig and Khapakh checkpoints,
as the SFs were reportedly not allowing them to shift to safer
places. Sources said that hundreds of vehicles loaded with families
and their belongings could be seen near both the checkpoints waiting
for the onward transportation to safer places in settled parts
of the NWFP.
Suspected US drone strikes killed approximately
12 Taliban militants in South Waziristan. The drone targeted the
suspected hideout of Taliban commander Malang some 18 kilometers
northwest of Wana, said unnamed officials. Malang was a subordinate
of Wazir Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir, they added. "Four missiles
were fired at the hideout, where Taliban were believed to be training
new recruits," local tribal sources told. "The attack was staged
in two parts: An initial drone strike killed two Taliban. Then,
when people converged on the site, three more missiles were fired,
resulting in the deaths of 10 more people," they said. Local administration
official Hamayun Khan said that up to three drone aircraft were
in the area. An unnamed military official told that four of those
killed were local Taliban, while five were foreigners.
Three women were killed and four children injured
when mortar shells hit their houses in the Aman Kot and Cheenari
areas of the Mohmand Agency. According to officials of the Mohmand
Riffles, the Security Forces made a two kilometers advancement
into the Sulmankhel Darra area of Bar Chamarkand after clearing
Ghanum Shah a couple of days ago. The troops also continued search
operations in Chamarkand, Suran Darra, Sheikh Baba and Ghanum
The Taliban killed two locals in Mir Ali subdivision,
24 kilometers east of Miranshah, for allegedly spying for the
US. The body of Sher Nawab, a resident of Peshawar, was found
on the Bannu-Miranshah Road near Shahab Flourmills, while the
body of Muhammad Nawaz, a resident of Miranshah, was found near
Lakar Mandi in Mir Ali. Notes found near the bodies warned that
anyone caught spying for the US would meet the same fate.
A girls' school was partially damaged in a bombing
at Sultan Khel in the Khyber Agency. Planted near its main gate,
the explosives went off damaging the boundary wall of the school
and panicking residents of nearby housing societies. No militant
group has accepted responsibility for the blast yet.
SFs killed 15 more militants and injured seven
others in a shootout in the Charmang area of Bajaur Agency. Sources
said the militants attacked a patrolling party of the SFs near
the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the Charmang area of Nawagai
sub-division, killing two soldiers and injuring three others.
Further, in a remote-controlled bomb explosion in the Nakhtar
area of Mamond sub-division, a Bajaur Levies trooper sustained
The SFs continued their operations against the
local Taliban and targeted their hideouts in Hashim, Babara, Kohi,
Asghar and Kotki areas of Charmang with heavy and sophisticated
weapons, including gunship helicopters and artillery. The militants'
locations were targeted with artillery shells from Khar, Loi Sam
and Tankhata areas.
In Mohmand Agency, a civilian was killed as SFs
shelled the suspected hideouts of the militants in Yarakhel Babazai
area. Further, 47 wanted persons of Danishkol and Ambar areas
of the Pandyalai sub-division surrendered to the authorities at
Yakaghund. Sources said SFs also launched an offensive in the
Spinki Tangi and Yarakhel areas of Khwezai Bazai sub-division
and targeted the hideouts of the militants.
Amid reports of NATO's assistance in a military
offensive against the Baitullah Mehsud-led Taliban, Pakistani
warplanes and gunship choppers continued targeting suspected hideouts
of the militants in South Waziristan Agency (SWA), killing six
militants. Sources told that two jet fighters of the Pakistan
Air Force and the Pakistan Army's two gunship choppers bombed
suspected hideouts of the TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud in Barwand,
Madejan, Serwakai and adjoining areas. Further, the sources said
artillery shells were fired from the Frontier Corps camps in Jandola
and Serwakai towards the suspected hideouts in various parts of
Military officials said six militants were killed
and several others injured when gunship helicopters targeted their
positions near Serwakai. The ISPR Director General Major General
Athar Abbas said the operation was conducted for reopening the
main road between Tanai and Serwakai. He said the militants had
blocked a portion of the main Wana-Jandola road for quite some
time and set up their positions. He rejected reports of NATO involvement
and assistance to the Pakistan Army in any military operation
against the militants in the country. "There is no truth in all
such reports. Only the Pakistani troops have been engaged in all
such operations against the militants whether they are in Swat,
Dir or Waziristan," he said.
Officials said all the arrangements had been finalised
for what they called a 'decisive' action against the TTP chief
and his militants. They said the operation could be accelerated
once all the people of Waziristan, inhabited by the Mehsud tribesmen,
came out of their villages and migrate to safer places. However,
despite an announcement by the Government, there is reportedly
no camp for the internally displaced persons (IDP) of South Waziristan.
Consequently, most of the IDPs have been living with their relatives,
friends or in rented houses in the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan Districts.
15 Taliban militants, including two key 'commanders',
were killed by the SFs during a counter-insurgency operation at
Charmang area of Bajaur Agency. The 'commander' Omar, a foreigner,
was also among those killed in the operation. The SFs also destroyed
four hideouts of the Taliban during the operation which was carried
out after Taliban militants blew up two boys' schools and a college
in Bajaur on June 19. Several locally-made bombs had been planted
inside the school buildings, local government officials had said,
adding that both schools had been completely destroyed.
22 suspected militants and six soldiers were killed
in a daylong military action against the Baitullah Mehsud-led
Taliban in South Waziristan as the troops cleared a portion of
the Wana-Jandola Road. Two fighter planes and a couple of gunship
helicopters targeted the positions of the militants, who had occupied
hilltops and blocked the Wana-Jandola Road between Tanai and Serwakai
towns. Tribal sources told from Jandola that troops on June 19-night
continued shelling the suspected militants' positions with artillery
guns. They were, however, unaware of the casualties suffered by
the militants. Military officials said 32 militants were killed
when two warplanes and gunship helicopters bombarded the militants
occupying the road between Tanai and Serwakai. They claimed that
the Tanai-Serwakai portion of the Wana-Jandola road had been cleared
of the militants. The remaining militants affiliated with Baitullah
Mehsud were reported to have fled their positions in the area.
However, the militants denied any losses in the operation.
12 militants were killed and seven others sustained
injuries when gunship helicopters and fighter planes targeted
their suspected hideouts in different areas of South Waziristan
Agency, while 27 militants died in the military operation in Bajaur
Tribal sources said SFs continued shelling Taliban
hideouts in the Makeen, Kaniguram, Badar and Mula Khan Serai areas
of South Waziristan, destroying four compounds of the militants.
SFs claimed that 12 militants were killed and seven others injured
in shelling by gunship helicopters and fighter planes. Another
main compound of the militants in Mula Khan Serai was reportedly
destroyed while a madrassa (seminary) was also targeted by the
An AP report from Islamabad stated that military
jets and artillery targeted suspected Taliban hideouts in Bajaur
Agency, killing 27 militants.
A soldier was killed and another sustained injuries
when militants attacked a Security Forces check-post in the Had
Kor area in Ambar sub-division of Mohmand Agency. Sources said
soldier Gohar Ali Jan was killed and Nawab Shah sustained injuries
when mortar shells fired by militants struck the check-post at
Had Kor. In the retaliatory actions, Security Forces targeted
suspected Taliban hideouts, killing three militants.
At least 21 people, both militants
and civilians among them, were killed and several others injured
during air strikes and retaliatory actions by the SFs in Waziristan.
According to locals, women and children were also among the dead
and injured. Air force planes reportedly bombed suspected militant
hideouts and training facilities in areas dominated by the Mehsud
tribe in South Waziristan. SFs also secured a main supply route
between Maulvi Khan Serai and Serwekai. According to officials
and locals, the planes shelled houses of Malik Mohammad Amir Khan
and Kabir Khan Berki in Salay Rogha area and killed 11 suspected
militants and injured five others. Sources said the militants
had occupied the houses whose owners had moved other areas, along
with their families.
Helicopter gunships also targeted
suspected locations in Tor Wam, Tiarza, Bronda, Sararogha and
other areas of the Mehsud tribe. Troops shelled militants’ positions
in Spenkai Raghzai from their base in Jandola. The sources said
that troops had entered Spenkai Raghzai, but could not take complete
control of the area.
Militants fired three rockets
at a base camp of security forces in Wana, the regional headquarters,
but no damage was reported.
A military convoy was hit by an
improvised explosive device planted on a road near Kher Kamar,
injuring three soldiers. The convoy was going to Datakhel from
Miranshah. Jetfighters were called in for support which shelled
the suspected location and killed five terrorists.
Helicopter gunships shelled a
residential compound in Shinkai area of North Waziristan. According
to sources, 10 people, including two women, were killed when the
house of a tribesman, Jalal Afghani, was bombed in North Waziristan.
Five militants were killed when
Cobra helicopters targeted a suspected location near Miranshah.
Four women and four men were injured
when their house was hit by a rocket near Miranshah town. According
to sources, 10 rockets were fired at the Touchi Scouts Fort.
More than 45,000 people are reportedly
leaving their homes before the start of a military operation in
South Waziristan, officials said. Colonel Waseem Ahmed, spokesman
for a Government unit overseeing humanitarian affairs, said he
expected the number to rise to at least 60,000. About 37,000 people
had already left their homes in South Waziristan, said Manuel
Bessler, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs, citing military figures. Bessler said Pakistan presented
a unique problem for humanitarian officials because 80 percent
of the displaced were not in UN camps, but were staying with family
and friends in ‘host’ communities.
Approximately 80 people, including
a senior commander of the Baitullah Mehsud-led militants, Khwaz
Wali Mehsud, were killed and several others sustained injuries
in two separate attacks by US spy planes on a suspected militant
hideout and funeral prayers at Lattaka village of Ladha sub-division
in South Waziristan Agency. A US drone fired three missiles at
a suspected militant hideout at Lattaka village, killing six militants,
including senior Taliban commander Khwaz Ali, who was said to
be one of Baitullah Mehsud’s trusted commanders. Five other people
killed in the attack were said to be local tribal militants. Tribal
sources said it was the first-ever attack by US spy planes on
the Shabikhel area of South Waziristan - hometown of Baitullah
Mehsud. Seven other militants injured in the air attack were said
to be low-level tribal militants.
Later, when the militants and
villagers offered funeral prayers of the deceased militants at
the village graveyard, two more missiles were fired on the venue.
Sources close to the militants told that majority of the people
after attending funeral prayers of the slain militant commander
Khwaz Ali had started leaving the venue and few were there to
have a final glimpse of Ali when they came under a missile attack.
They said two US drones fired two missiles on the gathering killing
over 60 people, majority of them militants.
A Khasadar Force trooper was killed
and another injured when Taliban militants opened fire on them
in the Mullagori area of Jamrud in Khyber Agency. Sources said
militants opened fire on a Khasadar vehicle near Maina Murcha,
killing Zamrud Khan and injuring Qadrat Shah.
The Taliban amputated the hands
of a man in Orakzai Agency in compliance with a punishment ordered
by a "Taliban court" on charges of theft, locals said.
Locals that the "court" in the Mamuzai area ordered
the hands of Najibullah to be amputated. The punishment was reportedly
carried out in the presence of several tribesmen.
The Taliban fired six missiles
at Khar bazaar in Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur Agency, killing
one person and injuring four others. Security Forces later retaliated
against suspected Taliban hideouts, targeting them with heavy
Prominent Afghan Taliban commander,
Maulvi Sangeen, denied reports of his death in the drone attack
in South Waziristan on June 23. He called from an undisclosed
location to prove he was alive. "We have nothing to do with internal
fighting in Pakistan. Our job is to fight Jihad against the occupation
forces in Afghanistan," said the Taliban commander. He said neither
he had traveled to South Waziristan to attend the funeral nor
suffered any loss. Commander Sangeen said he will soon issue a
video statement to prove that he was safe. Maulvi Sangeen is affiliated
with top Afghan Taliban Commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and is in-charge
of Paktika province in Afghanistan.
Sources close to the Taliban commander
and trainer of suicide bombers, Qari Hussain, denied his death
in the June 23-drone attack. These sources claimed that Qari Hussain
was far away from the place of the attack.
Eight Taliban militants were killed
and three of their hideouts destroyed when helicopter gunships
targeted parts of Orakzai Agency. Sources said that gunships targeted
Taliban hideouts in Atmankhel and Ferozkhel areas of Lower Orakzai
Agency, killing eight militants.
Fighter jets targeted the TTP
chief Baitullah Mehsud’s strongholds in the Zadranga and Shagha
areas of South Waziristan Agency’s Ladda sub-division, killing
six Taliban militants. A private TV channel reported that the
attack came after the Army chief General Pervez Kayani visited
Unidentified assailants blew up
a girls' school in South Waziristan Agency. The incident came
three days after Taliban bombed two other schools, one in Peshawar
and the other in Bajaur Agency. "A girls' high school was blown
up early Thursday morning in Shin Warsak town," 13 kilometers
west of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, local government
official Allah Bagh Khan said. He said no loss of life was reported
in the explosion that completely destroyed the school building.
Also the military fired artillery at Taliban hideouts in the agency’s
Spinkai Raghzai and Sararogha villages, a security official said.
The number of casualties was not immediately known.
20 Taliban militants were killed
and 15 others wounded when Security Forces shelled TTP chief Baitullah
Mehsud’s hideouts in South Waziristan. According to a private
TV channel, fighter jets bombarded Taliban hideouts in the agency’s
Ladha, Saam and Makeen sub-divisions.
Four persons, including three
SF personnel, were killed and 24 others injured in two remote-controlled
bomb attacks on a security convoy in North Waziristan Agency.
Local sources said that an army convoy from Bannu in the NWFP
was proceeding to Miranshah in the morning when it was targeted
with a remote-controlled bomb on the Chashma Pul – around two
kilometers from agency headquarters Miranshah. The attack killed
three SF personnel and a pedestrian and injured 20 soldiers. The
same convoy was targeted a second time as it reached Nooruk, 20
kilometers from Miranshah. The second explosion injured four SF
Suspected Taliban militants fired
a mortar shell at a commercial area near Kababi in the Khyber
Agency, injuring nine people.
Security Forces used heavy artillery
and machineguns in an attack on suspected Taliban hideouts. No
reports of casualty were received.
42 Taliban militants were killed
and 50 others injured in the ongoing military operation at South
Waziristan, Dir and Kurram Agency in FATA. SFs bombarded Taliban
hideouts in the Ladha and Wana areas of South Waziristan, killing
15 Taliban militants and injuring 15 others. Also in Wana, the
Taliban attacked a Frontier Corps camp, with no reported casualties.
The SFs, in retaliation, shelled the Taliban, killing two of them
and injuring three others, while a mortar shell hit the house
of one Anwar Khan, killing him and injuring his wife and two daughters.
In Upper Dir, four Taliban militants
were killed and another five injured in a clash with a local lashkar
(tribal militia) in the Ghazi Gai area. Jet aircraft bombed various
areas in South Waziristan, killing 16 Taliban militants and seriously
wounding 10 others. Sources said that of the 16 killed, four were
foreigners, three belonged to Orakzai Agency and the rest were
Haji Fida Muhammad, a senior Taliban
‘commander’ in Bajaur Agency, surrendered before the political
administration along with his accomplices.
At least 13 persons were killed
in clashes between Toori and Bangash tribes at Lower Kurram Agency,
bringing the total death toll of the past 24 hours to 33. According
to the channel, tribal clashes have claimed 89 lives in the last
12 days, injuring more than 165. Meanwhile, the people of Kurram
continue to suffer from shortage of essential food items and medicines,
due to the closure of the Thal-Parachanar road linking Kurram
to the rest of the country.
22 soldiers were killed and 35
others injured in two separate attacks by militants in North and
South Waziristan agencies. In addition, 22 militants were also
killed in the day-long military operations by SFs in the region.
20 Pakistan Army soldiers, including
a senior officer, were killed and 35 others sustained injuries
when dozens of militants, affiliated with Taliban commander Hafiz
Gul Bahadur, ambushed a military convoy in the Madakhel area of
North Waziristan Agency. Further, 12 militants and two soldiers
were killed in the ongoing offensive in neighbouring South Waziristan
Agency. Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led
Taliban in North Waziristan claimed responsibility for the attack
on the military convoy and warned to continue similar attacks
on the SFs in the region till the US drone strikes were not stopped.
Ahmadi phoned from Miranshah and claimed 60 soldiers were killed
and 15 vehicles were destroyed in the ambush. The Pakistan Army
spokesman Major General Athar Abbas confirmed the attack and said
12 soldiers were dead and 10 others wounded. Athar Abbas told
that 10 terrorists were later killed when the Pakistan Army gunship
choppers targeted positions of the terrorists where they had ambushed
the military convoy. Official and tribal sources said the convoy
was traveling from Madakhel to Wocha Bibi area near the border
with Afghanistan when ambushed by the militants.
The militants first attacked the
military with an IED and then started firing with heavy weapons.
Sources said the militants used heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled
grenades, mortar shells and AK-47 assault rifles. After the attack,
the militants reportedly took away weapons and other items from
the slain soldiers. Gunship helicopters later targeted militant
positions in the area. It was the second attack on military convoy
by the Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led militants in North Waziristan in
a week. In an earlier attack near Miranshah, four soldiers were
killed and 20 others injured.
12 militants were killed and seven
others sustained injuries as jetfighters bombed suspected hideouts
of the Taliban. In addition, two soldiers were killed and four
injured in different parts of the tribal region. Tribal sources
said gunship helicopters and jetfighters bombed militant hideouts
at 10:00 am in Saam, Kacha Lungerkhel, Kuram Garhi, Ladha Serai,
Tangi Budenzai, Makeen, Janata, Srarogha, Kotkai, Garhagah and
suburbs of Ladha sub-division, killing 12 militants and injuring
seven others. Six houses of civilians were reportedly bombed by
the jetfighters in Saam area. Sources said four compounds of the
militants were also targeted by the gunship helicopters in the
mountainous areas of the agency.
The troops and Taliban militants
also exchanged heavy gunfire in Sholam, Raghzai and Tanai, due
to which two soldiers were killed and four others injured.
People are reported to have started
migrating from the area amid shelling by the SFs towards the Tank
and Dera Ismail Khan Districts in the neighbouring NWFP.
Four militants were killed and
several houses were destroyed when SFs targeted militant positions
in different areas of the Nawagai sub-division in Bajaur Agency.
The SFs targeted militant bunkers and hideouts in the Charmang,
Hasham, Cheenar, Babara and Manogai areas with mortar and artillery
guns. They claimed dismantling several bunkers and trenches of
militants. The troops also cleared different areas in Nawagai
by defusing roadside remote controlled bombs planted by the militants.
A huge cache of weapons was also reportedly seized.
The residents of Ambar area in
Mohmand Agency formed a 320-men strong Lashkar (militia) to flush
out suspected militants from their region. Chandi Khan and Malak
Saadat Khan would lead the militia, which included men from Omarkhel,
Adam Kor, Shati Maina and Shati Kor. The Lashkar members are reported
to have decided to take action against militants and their harbourers.
It was also decided that houses of suspected militants and those
who were providing shelter to them would be set ablaze and destroyed.
The militia also demanded of the Government to help it in case
support arrived from outside for militants.
Four Taliban militants were killed as jet aircraft
bombed suspected Taliban hideouts in South Waziristan Agency.
The aerial attacks hit a guesthouse used by the Taliban at Kani
Guram village, killing four militants.
Four soldiers who had been injured in a Taliban
attack on their convoy in North Waziristan have died in a military
hospital, the Inter-Services Public Relations chief Major General
Athar Abbas said in a press conference. The number of troops who
died in the attack has now reached 16, including Lieutenant Colonel
Tahir, Captain Abid and Lieutenant Zeeshan. However, some other
reports stated that the death toll has reached 30. 10 more seriously
wounded soldiers succumbed to their injuries on June 29. Abbas
also said the Security Forces responded effectively to the attack
killing 10 Taliban militants. "We reserve the right to take appropriate
action against the unprovoked attack according to local customs
and rules," he said.
21 Taliban militants were killed in overnight
clashes with an anti-Taliban militia in Kurram Agency, tribal
elder Ali Akbar Toori and lawmaker Sajid Toori said. Four militiamen
were also killed.
SFs claimed to have killed at least 13 suspected
militants in attacks on their hideouts at Bazaar Zakhakhel area
of Landikotal in the Khyber Agency, while seven members of a family
were killed and four others injured when an artillery shell struck
a Hujra (guesthouse) in the Sra Shaga area of Jamrud sub-division.
SFs shelled suspected militant hideouts in Kobikhel
area of Bazaar Zakhakhel. At least 13 militants were killed and
few others were injured, the FC sources claimed but without giving
the names of the slain militants. However, the villagers at Kobikhel
denied the presence of militants in the area and said that all
the slain persons were local residents.
Acting on a tip-off, the SFs shelled suspected
hideouts of militants in the mountainous Chora area with artillery
from the Forte Slope Camp in Bara sub-division. One of the shells
hit the house of Aqal Jan in Sra Shaga area, killing seven persons,
including three children, and injuring four others of his family.
Previously known as pro-government militants,
the Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led Taliban in the North Waziristan Agency
(NWA) formally scrapped the peace deal with the Government in,
what they termed, protest against the US drone attacks. Ahmadullah
Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led militants, called
from Miranshah, headquarters of NWA, and said their Shura (executive
council) members had decided in a meeting to scrap the peace accord.
Hafiz Gul Bahadur has said he had scrapped the peace accord in
protest against the frequent US drone attacks in NWA. He claimed
that the drones had carried over 50 attacks since signing of the
peace accord in NWA in which hundreds of people, including women
and children, had lost their lives. The Taliban commander has
also reportedly demanded an end to the military operation against
the Baitullah Mehsud-led militants and drone attacks in the adjoining
South Waziristan Agency.
The death toll in the June 28-attack on a military
convoy in NWA rose to 30, as 10 more seriously wounded soldiers
succumbed to their injuries. The slain troops included a colonel,
a captain and a lieutenant.
Seven suspected militants were killed as jets
continued to shell their positions in North Waziristan. However,
it could not be verified whether the dead were militants or non-combatants.
Local people and sources said that planes had bombed militants'
hideouts in Wacha Bibi area, west of Miranshah, where terrorists
had ambushed a military convoy and killed 27 soldiers on June
28. Ten militants were killed when troops returned fire.
The Taliban, who had scrapped a peace agreement
with the Government on June 29, have imposed a ban on the assembly
of five or more people and formation of peace committees in the
region. They also warned tribesmen to refrain from going to offices
of the political administration and seeking jobs in Government
departments or the Khasadar force. The Taliban reportedly distributed
pamphlets in different parts of North Waziristan, asking people
to abide by the directives or face action. "Nobody is allowed
to visit offices of the political administration for seeking job
or for any other purpose. If anyone is found violating the order
he will face consequences," read a pamphlet distributed in Mirali
town. Khasadars have also been asked to abandon their jobs.
Sporadic clashes between troops and militants
were reported from South Waziristan. According to witnesses, a
man was killed and another wounded when troops fired at a vehicle
at a checkpoint near Wana. Separately, militants fired rockets
at a military camp in Wana and the brigade headquarters in Zari
Noor Colony. In addition, the Security Forces also targeted suspected
militant positions in Mehsud area.
A local militant commander and close aide of the
TTP deputy chief Maulana Faqir Mohammad surrendered to political
administration along with his supporters in Bajaur Agency. Haji
Fida Mohammad Khan, personal guard and driver of TTP deputy chief
Maulana Faqir Mohammad, surrendered unconditionally to the Khar
Assistant Political Agent Iqbal Khan Khattak. The political administration
later sent him along with his supporters to jail. He was wanted
by the Government in anti-state and terrorism cases. Haji Fida
told journalists that he and his colleagues surrendered to the
authorities without presenting any condition.
A tribal Lashkar (militia) attacked Taliban hideouts
in the Kurram Agency, killing 28 militants and suffering seven
fatalities themselves, and the intensifying battles prompted them
to ask for Army troops to help, a local lawmaker said. The fighting
in the remote Kurram region was the latest in two weeks of battles
between militants and tribesmen there that have killed 141 people,
including more than 100 militants, two Government officials said.
Their information could not, however, be independently verified.
Sajid Hussain Turi, a lawmaker from Kurram, said the militants
were moving into Kurram from the Swat Valley, where the military
is undertaking an offensive to neutralize them. He said hundreds
of tribesmen took part in the attack, triggering a gun battle
that killed 28 militants and seven tribal fighters.
14 persons were killed and 26 others injured in
clashes between rival groups in Kurram Agency. Later, the elders
of Upper and Lower Kurram succeeded in brokering a cease-fire
after hectic efforts, sources said. Similarly, the rival tribes
- Mastokhel, Hamzakhel, Ghundikhel, Alizai, and Shia Bangash of
the Turi tribe and Parachamkani Masozai, Ali Sherzai, Zehmasht,
Mangal and Sunni Bangash - were still at war with one another
in Balishkhel, Sangeena, Khar Killay, Sadda city, Mingak, Makhzai
and Tangai areas of Lower Kurram.
28 militants, including an unidentified commander,
were killed when gunship helicopters targeted the hideouts of
the banned Lashkar-e-Islam in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
Sources said that three gunship helicopters targeted the hideouts
of the Mangal Bagh-led group in Sandapal and Akakhel areas of
Tirah Valley. An official of the Frontier Corps (FC), Major Fazal,
claimed that 28 militants were killed in the action and among
them was a commander. However, talking to The News from an undisclosed
location, Lashkar-e-Islam spokesman Zar Khan denied any losses
to his group. Tribal sources said the murder of Malik Guli Shah,
a pro-government tribal elder in Jamrud, Khyber Agency, was the
immediate reason for the military action. He added that the political
authorities also arrested five militants allegedly involved in
the killing of Guli Shah. Three of the arrested militants belonged
to the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and the remaining two
hailed from the Kukikhel tribe in Khyber Agency, the sources added.
Suspected Taliban militants had killed a pro-government
tribal leader, his driver and two gunmen while they were on their
way to Peshawar, the NWFP capital. The vehicle of Malik Guli Shah
was ambushed on the main highway near Tedi Bazaar in Jamrud. The
driver and one of the gunmen were shot and killed immediately,
while Guli Shah and the other gunman died at a Peshawar hospital.
The Pakistan Army ruled out launching a military
operation against the Taliban in North Waziristan and pledged
to honour the February 17, 2008 peace accord signed with the tribes
despite the unprovoked attacks against its troops. However, violence
continued in the area as three persons, including two women and
a child, were killed and six others sustained injuries when military
helicopters targeted Madakhel village. The bombing was reportedly
in retaliation for the recent attack by the militants on a military
convoy in which 30 soldiers were killed and 35 injured. Six other
villagers, including four women and two children, sustained serious
injuries in the shelling by helicopters. Amidst apprehension about
an imminent military operation in North Waziristan, the Pakistan
Army reportedly dropped leaflets written in Pashto and Urdu from
helicopters to assure the tribesmen that it had no intention of
launching action in the agency. The leaflets pointed out that
some 'miscreants' were trying their best to destroy peace and
damage ties between the Government and Utmanzai Wazir tribes.
The Taliban in Bajaur Agency blew up a primary
school in the Fajja area of Khar. The incident puts the number
of schools destroyed in the agency in the past one year at 54.
Security Forces are reported to have launched
a successful operation in the Chaharmang area of Nawagai sub-division
and assumed complete control of the area.
Militancy in the FATA has cost Pakistan around
$2,146 million while the fighting has so far killed over 3,000
civilians, a Government report said. The report - "Cost of Conflict
in FATA" - prepared by the Planning and Development Wing of the
FATA Secretariat said the social cost of the militancy was far
greater than the cost of infrastructure, economic and the subsequent
environmental loss. However, it said the cost of the military
operation "is beyond the scope of this report and would be worked
out separately by the concerned agencies". The report put the
social cost of the conflict at $1,109 million, the cost to security
and internal displacement at $572 million, the environmental cost
at $188 million, the economic cost at $119 million and infrastructure
losses at $103 million. "Pakistan is suffering a series of overlapping
crises due to the conflict in FATA... and is need of immediate
humanitarian assistance," the report said.
Three soldiers were injured when militants fired
three rockets at a check-post on Jandola road in South Waziristan.
Security Forces consequently retaliated and shelled suspected
positions of the militants in the Kotkai, Serai Maule Khan and
Barwand areas of South Waziristan after the attack.
After the Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led militants in North
Waziristan, another pro-government militant commander, Mulla Nazeer,
also scrapped his peace deal with the Government in South Waziristan
Agency. A senior associate of Mulla Nazeer, Saada Janan, called
from Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan, and claimed their
Shura or council unanimously decided to scrap the peace accord
with the Government to protest the frequent US drone attacks in
their territory. The political administration of South Waziristan,
however, claimed that Mulla Nazeer has revived his peace accord
with the Government by sending 120-member jirga of Ahmadzai Wazir
elders to negotiate with senior Government officials in Wana.
The elders said Mulla Nazeer had given them authority to hold
talks with the Government for restoration of peace in the region.
However, Nazeer's associate Sadda Janan said they have nothing
to do with a meeting of tribal jirga and political authorities.
He said they had already directed their fighters to attack Government
installations and fight against the Security Forces. Asked about
a similar stance already taken by Taliban commander in North Waziristan,
Hafiz Gul Bahadur over US drone attacks, where drones did not
fire missiles during the past two months, Saada Janan opined that
all the three Taliban commanders - Baitullah Mehsud, Mulla Nazeer
and Hafiz Gul Bahadur - in February 2009 had formed the Shura
Ittehad-ul-Mujahideen or council of holly warriors, in which he
claimed, all of them promised to fight alongside if anyone of
them was attacked.
About 68 troopers of the Levies Force quit their
job following threats by the TTP Orakzai Agency unit. Sources
said the TTP Orakzai unit had threatened the Levies Force soldiers
to quit their jobs within 15 days or face consequences. It was
reported that 25 troopers belonging to Mamozai tribe and 43 hailing
from Aakhel tribe quit their services and handed over their official
arms and belts to the political authorities.
13 persons were killed and seven others sustained
injuries in a US drone attack in South Waziristan Agency, while
eight persons died when fighter planes targeted a hotel in North
Tribal sources said a US drone fired three missiles
at the office of Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud in Serwakai sub-division
at 9 am, killing 13 persons present in the office and injuring
seven others. It was reported that Mufti Noor Wali had left the
office 15 minutes prior to the attack to attend a jirga (council
of elders). The militants surrounded the area after the attack
and nobody was reportedly allowed to approach the site. Another
drone attack was carried out in the Mantoi area of Ladha sub-division,
where three missiles were fired at a madrassa (seminary), completely
destroying the building. However, no loss of life was reported
in the attack. An official of the political administration confirmed
the drone strikes and added that authorities were trying to ascertain
An AP report stated that US missiles struck a
training facility operated by Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud
and a militant communication centre in South Waziristan Agency,
killing 17 people and injuring 27 others. In one attack, two missiles
struck an abandoned seminary in Mantoi that was being used by
the militants belonging to the Mehsud's group for training, officials
said. In another strike, a missile hit a militant communications
centre in the nearby village of Kokat Khel. In total, 17 people
were killed and 27 others were injured, they said. However, Maulvi
Noor Syed, an aide to Mehsud, told The Associated Press that three
Taliban militants died in the strikes. "We lost only three Mujahideen
in today's American missile attack," Syed said, adding "These
attacks cannot cause any damage to us."
Eight persons were killed and 12 others wounded
when fighter planes targeted a hotel in Deegan Bazaar, 25 kilometers
from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency. Sources
said people were having breakfast at the hotel when two fighter
planes struck at 7:30 am, killing eight persons and injuring 12
A gunship helicopter targeted another hotel in
Manzarkhel area, 25 kilometers from Miranshah. No casualty was
reported in the attack.
Fighter planes and gunship helicopters heavily
targeted suspected positions of militants in the Taliban-controlled
Orakzai Agency, killing 26 militants a day after a military helicopter
crashed in the area. Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas
confirmed the bombing and said the action was taken as a reaction
to the attack of militants on SFs and a rescue team on July 3.
He said the militants opened fire on the SF personnel and rescue
team when they went there to retrieve bodies of the soldiers killed
in the helicopter crash. The military spokesman insisted that
only 26 soldiers died in the crash. Tribal sources said six gunship
helicopters heavily bombed various parts of Ferozkhel area in
lower Orakzai soon after the helicopter crash. The sources said
two warplanes and six gunship helicopters resumed bombing of suspected
hideouts of the militants at the hilltops of Chappar and Ferozkhel,
located between lower Orakzai and Khyber Agency.
The aircraft and helicopters attacked the hideouts
of commander Tariq group of Darra and commander Nazar Afridi group
of Khyber Agency in Chapper and Ferozkhel (Sam Ghar) areas of
the Orakzai Agency, killing 26 militants and injuring several
15 men of an armed tribal Lashkar (militia) and
three militants were killed when fierce clashes erupted in the
Fam Pokha and Kharai Darra areas of Ambar sub-division in Mohmand
Agency. Sources said the militants attacked the armed men of the
tribal Lashkar of Utmankhel tribe in Fam Pokha area, killing 15
people on the spot. However, official sources put the death toll
at 12. Further, the sources said three militants were killed and
seven others sustained injuries in the pre-dawn clashes in Fam
Pokha and Kharai Darra areas. The slain militants reportedly belonged
to Dawezai area of Mohmand Agency.
Security Forces arrested a local militant commander,
identified as Fazal, of Qandaro area from the Nadra Centre in
Seven persons were killed and 12 others sustained
injuries when missiles fired by jet fighters missed their targets,
hitting the civilian areas in Dattakhel in North Waziristan Agency.
SFs targeted suspected hideouts of the Taliban
militants with artillery guns in the mountainous areas of Khyber
and Orakzai Agencies. Tribal sources said casualties due to bombing
by the jet fighters occurred in Muhammadkhel, Saidabad and Dhegan
areas of North Waziristan. However, official sources did not confirm
Sources said that most of the dead and injured
were women and children, who were taken to the hospital in Miranshah,
headquarters of North Waziristan. Jet fighters also reportedly
targeted the madrassa (seminary) of Maulvi Nek Bahadur
in Muhammadkhel, killing one student while partially damaging
Bodies of two volunteers of the tribal Lashkar
(militia), who were abducted by the militants after a fierce clash
in Fam Pokha area, were found in the vicinity of Ambar sub-division
in the Mohmand Agency. Sources said the bodies of armed volunteers
of the tribal militia, Muhammad Ayub and Said Muhammad, whose
throats were slit, were recovered from the nearby area of Fam
Pokha in Ambar and were buried. At least 15 tribesmen and three
militants were killed during a clash on July 4.
A soldier was killed and another injured when
the militants attacked a tank of the Security Forces with a remote-controlled
bomb in Shati Kor area.
Three imprisoned militants were killed and two
civilians sustained injuries when militants fired several rockets
at the Bajaur Scouts Fort in Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur
Agency. Sources said that the militants fired rockets on Bajaur
Scouts headquarters in Khar from a hilltop in Kohi Mor area and
one of the rockets struck the building of quarter guard, killing
three militants. The other rocket landed in the ground of the
fort compound, causing no casualty. Two more rockets fired by
the militants landed near the civilian population injuring two
persons. Soon after the incident, SFs in Khar headquarters and
Sadiqabad camp targeted the militant's positions in Kohi Mor with
artillery guns. Troops also targeted suspected hideouts of the
Taliban with artillery guns in the mountainous areas of Khyber
and Orakzai Agencies.
After a pause for a year in the clashes, the banned
Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and Ansar-ul-Islam (AI) claimed killing and
capturing each other's several men in the fresh fighting in Qamarkhel
area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency. The AI spokesman said that
after taking control of Takht Takai, Ghulam Ali and Sokh areas,
their men had entered Garhai area. "We have captured a commander
of LI, eight vehicles and killed their three fighters," the spokesman
added. However, the spokesman for LI, Zar Khan, rejected the AI
claim and said that their men were in Takht Lakai had captured
20 AI armed volunteers. The claims of the two rival outfits could
not be confirmed independently due to disrupted communication
system because of heavy rains in the area. Severe clashes broke
out when armed volunteers of LI and AI started targeting each
other's positions with light and heavy weapons.
Seven militants were killed and
several others injured when jets shelled militant hideouts in
North Waziristan. Officials and local people said the jets had
attacked militants’ positions in Wuchabibi and Madahkel areas
of Dattakhel sub-division, at about 3:30pm. Officials in North
Waziristan Agency told that seven militants had been killed and
12 injured when fighter jets targeted terrorists’ hideouts in
the area. "Seven militants were killed and 12 injured when
jet fighter planes pounded Taliban hideouts at Madda Khel and
Wuchabibi," an official based in agency’s main town Miranshah
Helicopter gunships bombed several
hideouts in South Waziristan, but there was no report of any casualty.
SFs intensified attacks on the
Taliban in Bajaur Agency, killing four militants and injuring
six others in the region’s Charmang sub-division. The SFs also
reportedly destroyed numerous Taliban hideouts in Charmang, defused
several remote-controlled bombs, arrested 15 suspects and recovered
missiles from their possession.
A suspected US drone fired two
missiles at a militant training centre in the Laddha subdivision
of South Waziristan Agency, killing 16 militants and injuring
10 others. Five foreigners were among the dead, security officials
said. The camp allegedly run by militants loyal to Taliban leader
Baitullah Mehsud was in Chenakai area of the Shabikhels, a sub
clan of Mehsud tribe. There was no report if any high-value target
had been hit in the attack carried out at about 10am. Sources
said that a local commander of Baitullah was among the dead. The
missile strike destroyed a compound which a high-ranking official
described as a former office of Baitullah Mehsud, who has a five-million-dollar
price on his head and a bounty of $615,000 in Pakistan for allegedly
masterminding multiple bombings.
Pakistan Air Force jets shelled
suspected positions of militants in the Berwand area of South
Waziristan. One soldier was killed when a military convoy hit
an improvised explosive device in Gomal Zam area. The convoy was
going to Tank from Wana.
Militants fired rockets at a fort
in Frontier Jandola. One civilian was reportedly killed when troops
A soldier was killed when a military
convoy was attacked with a bomb near the Khajori check-post in
North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The convoy was proceeding to Miranshah,
the NWA headquarters, from Bannu in the NWFP. Later, gunship helicopters
shelled a house in village Khadi, killing two children.
Helicopter gunships targeted militants’
hideouts in the Datakhel area of NWA. Officials claimed that four
militants had been killed in the attack. They also said that militants
had fired 21 rockets at a fort in Dwa Toi area of South Waziristan.
However, there was no report of any casualty.
Two soldiers of the paramilitary
FC were wounded when a remote-controlled bomb planted by militants
went off in the Dorbakhel area of Halimzai sub-division in the
Mohmand Agency. Sources said FC soldiers were on the way to Ghallanai
from Yousafkhel area. As their vehicle reached Dorbakhel area
in Halimzai, a roadside bomb planted by militants went off, injuring
two troopers. The vehicle was also partially damaged in the blast,
the sources added. Soon after the incident, Security Forces cordoned
off the area and arrested 30 suspects and seized 15 vehicles.
48 militants were killed and several
others injured in two separate attacks by US drones in the South
Waziristan Agency. However, some reports quoting officials of
law-enforcement agencies and political administration put the
death toll in the two attacks at 58. According to sources, besides
the tribal militants, the dead also included four Arabs and seven
Uzbeks. "Almost 90 per cent of the militants traveling in
the convoy were killed in the drone attack," said an unnamed
security official. He said the militants in the Mehsud-inhabited
areas of South Waziristan had been reduced to their hideouts and
caves in the mountains due to continuous flights of the US drones
and frequent attacks on their locations. There are also reports
that senior militant commanders, including their leader Baitullah
Mehsud, have fled the tribal region due to continuous flights
of the US drones.
Sources close to the militants
said a convoy of pick-ups was carrying militants from Ladha to
Srarogha for a meeting of militant commanders when it was attacked.
They said three drones were flying over the region during the
attack. The drones reportedly fired seven missiles and destroyed
all the five vehicles on the spot, killing at least 40 militants.
Earlier, sources from South Waziristan said eight militants were
killed and 12 others injured in the first drone attack at a training
camp of the militants at Karwan Manza village of Ladha Subdivision.
They said two US drones were seen flying over the area during
the attack. The sources said the building was being used for training
the newly-recruited militants. Militant sources told The News
that 150-200 recruits used to gather at the camp everyday for
physical training and use of sophisticated weapons. Senior commander
of the Baitullah Mehsud group, Noor Wali Mehsud, was reportedly
running the camp. He, however, remained safe. The drones fired
six missiles at the camp that razed it to the ground. The Taliban
while confirming the drone attack at the training camp, however,
denied losses to their men.
Two militants were killed in fresh
military action in different areas of Charmang Valley of Nawagai
Subdivision in the Bajaur Agency. Official sources said SFs carried
out an operation against the militants in Ziarat, Karkanai, Babara,
Hashim and Kohi areas. Two militants were killed and several of
their hideouts were destroyed by SFs in the day-long operation
in these areas. The troops also shelled Kohi Mor and Mandal areas
with artillery throughout July 7-night. Further, SFs, in two separate
operations, defused bombs and explosive devices after they recovered
these in Manogi and Ziarat. Meanwhile, 20 more families from the
troubled parts of the agency migrated to safer places in Khar
and adjoining areas due to intense shelling.
A tribal elder who was raising
a militia against the Taliban has been killed, said an official.
55-year old Malik Zardad Khan was kidnapped on July 7, and his
bullet-riddled body was found early on July 8 in Tirah valley
in Khyber Agency, local administration official Rehan Gul Khattak
told. "He was organising a lashkar [militia] against the
Taliban and consulting other tribal elders," said Khattak.
39 militants were killed when
military planes bombed Taliban hideouts in the Orakzai Agency.
According to unconfirmed reports, about 14 camps of the militants
were destroyed in the Starsam, Drogai and Behram Garh areas of
Chappri Feroze Khel in the lower and Ghiljo in upper Orakzai agency.
Independent sources confirmed that 39 militants had been killed
and eight injured in the strikes. However, official sources said
they did not have confirmed reports about casualties.
Muhammad, a spokesman for the
Darra Adamkhel-based Taliban commander Tariq Afridi, admitted
that 18 of their fighters, including a senior ‘commander’, were
killed in the air strikes on their hideouts in Qasimkhel village
of Ferozkhel town in Orakzai Agency. Tribal sources told that
two fighter planes and three gunship helicopters targeted suspected
positions of the militants in Qasimkhel, Behram Garhi, Toi Mela
and the mountains between Orakzai and Khyber tribal regions. Further,
a woman and her child were killed when a house owned by local
tribesman Ghuncha Gul came under strikes by the planes. Tribal
sources said majority of the villagers in the area had already
fled their homes after arrival of the militants to their villages.
12 militants were killed when
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter planes targeted their suspected
hideouts in South Waziristan Agency. The jets pounded suspected
Taliban hideouts in four villages in Ladha and Kani Guram areas
of South Waziristan, according to four unnamed intelligence officials.
Two of the officials said 12 bodies of militants were recovered
from destroyed houses where they were staying. The other officials
confirmed the bombing, but had no details of casualties. However,
independent verification of the targets and casualties was not
possible because the region is remote and largely inaccessible
SFs claimed to have killed three
militants and injured five others in the ongoing operations in
various areas of Bajaur Agency. Sources said the SFs targeted
suspected locations of the militants in Charmang area of Nawagai
sub-division with artillery and mortars. The sources said three
militants were killed and five others sustained injuries while
several suspected hideouts of militants were destroyed in the
The Ghalizai tribe of the Bajaur
Agency is reported to have announced complete support to the political
administration in its bid to oust the militants from the area.
The decision was taken at a joint Jirga of the local tribal elders
and Ulema. The Jirga members unanimously decided to form peace
committees and launch action against the militants and criminals.
The SFs arrested 157 suspected
militants and demolished over 35 houses in the limits of Safi
sub-division of Mohmand Agency and Darra Adamkhel in NWFP, in
separate operations. Sources said that SFs along with the political
administration carried out a search operation in Karer, Palosai,
Ghari and Darwazgai areas of Qandaharo in Safi. Over 150 militants
were arrested during the operation while houses of 35 others were
razed to the ground.
Ten militants and six SF personnel
were killed in various areas of Bajaur Agency. Sources said the
SFs targeted hideouts of the militants with heavy artillery and
gunship helicopters in the Charmang, Chinar and Manogai areas,
killing 10 militants. Several hideouts of the militants were destroyed
in the operations. The sources added that two soldiers were killed
and five others sustained injuries in the clashes.
Four Levies troopers were killed
when unidentified militants attacked a check-post in Khar, the
Bajaur Agency headquarters. Sources said the militants attacked
the Bajaur Levies post with rockets and hand-grenades at 2:00
am, killing four paramilitary soldiers, Masood Jan, Rahatullah,
Abdul Ghaffar and Muhammad Ishaq Jan.
Two suspected US missile strikes
hit South Waziristan, killing at least eight Taliban militants.
The first strike targeted one of TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud’s
communication centres, killing at least three people, intelligence
officials said. Two missiles struck the centre in the Painda Khel
region, they told. Separately, quoting a private TV channel report,
the Online news agency claimed at least five militants were killed
in a drone attack in the Tiyarza area. It claimed the drone fired
two missiles at the TTP hideouts.
Three Taliban militants were killed
and several others injured during a military operation in the
Bajaur Agency of FATA. The SFs attacked the Chinar, Kohi Manogai,
Karkanai and Zirat areas in Charmang Valley with artillery, killing
the three Taliban militants.
One khasadar personnel, Hasbanullah
khan, was injured when a bomb exploded in the Inayat Killay bazaar.
The SFs arrested three Taliban
‘commanders’ from the Inayat Killay Bazaar area during a search
operation and destroyed their houses with explosives. Two more
Taliban militants were arrested while trying to flee the area.
Malik Jamil Wazir, the son of
tribal chieftain Malik Muhammad Ali Wazir, was seriously injured
when his vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled bomb in
About 12 militants were reportedly
killed in shelling by fighter planes on suspected hideouts of
the Taliban in Sarwakai sub-division of South Waziristan Agency
(SWA). Sources said the fighter planes targeted the compounds
and hideouts of the militants in Parwand and Novely Khan Serai
areas in Sarwakai. Unconfirmed reports said 12 militants were
killed in the operation. A military statement said one soldier
also died in an exchange of fire with the militants in South Waziristan.
SFs announced the arrest of 11
Taliban militants in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. The
men were brought before the media at Shakas Fort, and paramilitary
Colonel Mujahid told reporters that four of the arrested men were
Afghans, two locals and the others from Waziristan. A huge cache
of arms and vehicles were also taken into the custody.
Clashes between two religious
groups are still underway in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency,
with American spy planes making flights over the valley, in addition
to Bara, Jamrud and Landi Kotal.
Eight militants were killed and
three others injured in a clash with a militia in the Mohmand
Agency. Two militants were reportedly captured. Assistant Political
Agent Rasool Khan said the clash had taken place in the Anbar
valley. One tribesman was injured in these clashes.
Six suspected militants affiliated
with the Maulvi Nazeer-led Taliban were killed and 10 others injured
in an exchange of gunfire after an attack by the militants on
a roadside security post at Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan
Agency. Officials and tribal sources said a group of the militants
attacked Sur Pul check-post near Rustam Adda at 7am with heavy
weapons. The paramilitary FC personnel returned the fire, killing
six militants and injuring 10 others. According to the sources,
the militants took away three bodies of their slain accomplices
along with them and left behind three others.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik
said in Islamabad that top militant commanders have been killed
during the military operation in Waziristan while the TTP chief
in Swat valley, Maulana Fazlullah, was seriously injured.
23 militants were killed during
clashes between a tribal militia and militants in the Ziaray Kandao
area of Anbar sub-division in the Mohmand Agency. Four members
of the militia were injured, sources said. However, official sources
said only 18 militants were killed in the gunfight which continued
for several hours. They said militants also destroyed five houses
of the militia identified as Subedar Major Pasham Gul, Sultan,
Zahir Shah, Baghdad Shah and Rozi Shah. Three volunteers of the
tribal force were reported missing after the clashes.
SFs and political administration
in a joint operation arrested 89 tribesmen and seized two vehicles
under the collective responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes
Regulation in the Mullakhel and Akram Baig areas in Qandharo sub-division.
Two persons were killed and three
others injured when militants attacked an oil tanker in the Chingai
area of Landikotal subdivision in the Khyber Agency. Sources said
an oil tanker loaded with 50000 litres of GP1 petrol was en route
to Afghanistan via Torkham highway when the militants from the
nearby mountains attacked it with rockets and other automatic
weapons. The oil tanker caught fire, killing one person and injuring
another. The attack consequently triggered an encounter between
SFs and militants who targeted each other’s positions with light
and heavy weapons. A local, identified as Shahaan Afridi, was
killed and two others sustained injuries when they were hit by
a shell during an exchange of fire between the two sides. The
Khyber Agency-based Taliban commander Omer Farooq claimed responsibility
for the attack. Earlier, the Taliban had distributed pamphlets
threatening truckers with serious consequences if they did not
stop supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan.
Five militants and two civilians
were killed and seven others wounded in air strikes and rocket
attacks in South Waziristan Agency. According to Security officials,
planes shelled two compounds occupied by militants in the Sararogha
and Laddha areas of South Waziristan, killing five militants and
injuring six others.
Militants fired several rockets
in the village Khechi in the Jandola region. Two women were killed
and a child was injured when one of the rockets hit the house
of a tribesman.
Reports from Miranshah indicated
that columns of infantry units with tanks moved into North Waziristan
and a curfew was clamped on several parts of the Agency. Witnesses
said hundreds of troops had reached their base in Miranshah, the
headquarters of North Waziristan, from Mirali, along with 25 tanks
and armoured personnel carriers and over 100 other vehicles. All
bazaars and markets in the two towns are reported to have remained
closed. According to officials, one soldier was injured when a
bomb exploded near the Banda check-post. Troops also defused four
improvised explosive devices planted on the Mirali-Miranshah road.
Six Taliban militants, including
two commanders, surrendered before the political administration
in a peace jirga in the Safi District of Mohmand Agency. The jirga,
consisting of Gurbuz tribe elders and the political administration,
was held at Ghalanai, headquarters of the Agency. The Assistant
Political Agent, Syed Ahmed Khan, and Tehsildar (revenue administrative
officer) Zabit Khan were also present. The Taliban commanders
were identified as Ikram and Suleman.
Three persons were killed and
four others sustained injuries when an IED, planted by unidentified
miscreants, exploded on the Ghulam Khan Road, eight kilometers
from Miranshah, headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency. Official
and tribal sources said a local passenger vehicle on its way from
Ghulam Khan to Miranshah Bazaar when it hit an IED at 9:30 am,
killing three persons on the spot. However, the identity of the
victims could not be ascertained.
Taliban militants fired missiles
at the houses of elders from a Salarzai militia in Bajaur Agency,
killing one person. Sources said the militants fired missiles
and rockets at the houses of militia elders in Baroon, Tilli and
Dag Qila. The militia is reported to have retaliated with automatic
weapons. Separately, troopers from the Bajaur Levies defused remote-controlled
bombs planted along roads in Tilli.
Five militants were killed and
four others sustained injuries in a drone attack on a suspected
hideout of the Taliban in Badar village, about 30 kilometers from
Razmak in the North Waziristan Agency. Sources told that a CIA-operated
spy plane fired two missiles at the house of a local cleric, Maulana
Abdul Majeed. The Badar village near Gharium is located on the
border between North Waziristan and South Waziristan. According
to sources, the five militants killed in the drone attack had
come from the adjacent South Waziristan and were affiliated with
the TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud. It was not clear as to whether
the village cleric Maulana Abdul Majeed, whose house was reportedly
targeted, died in the air strike or not.
A shopkeeper died and the cleaner
of an oil tanker was wounded in two separate bomb blasts in the
Jamrud and Landikotal subdivisions of Khyber Agency in the morning.
An explosive device fitted to
an oil tanker exploded near the Teddy Bazaar, Jamrud, on the Pakistan-Afghanistan
Highway. The oil tanker caught fire and almost 50,000 litres oil
destined for the NATO forces in Afghanistan was burnt, the sources
said. Around 15 shops in Teddy Bazaar were also destroyed. A shopkeeper,
whose name could not be ascertained, died in the incident. Four
hours after the first bomb blast, the militants targeted the supply
line to NATO forces with a time bomb planted on roadside on the
Pakistan-Afghanistan Highway in the Shekhwal area of Landikotal
subdivision. The blast is reported to have damaged the tanker
when it overturned. Cleaner of the oil tanker, Abdul Majid of
Tank, was injured, the sources said. Taliban commander Omer Farooq
is reported to have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A local Taliban commander was
killed and four of his aides injured when a US drone targeted
their hideout in the Shaktoi area of Ladha tehsil (revenue division)
in the South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The political administration
sources said the drone fired two missiles that landed near the
house of local Taliban chief Ameer Abdullah Mehsud. Commander
Zar Jan Mehsud of the Kekarai tribe died in the attack while four
others sustained injuries. The sources said a meeting was underway
in the compound when the missiles struck the house.
Two volunteers of a tribal militia were killed
when their companions mistakenly opened fire on them at Ambar
sub-division in Mohmand Agency. Sources said the two militia men,
identified as Khayal Shah and Yousuf, came under fire by their
own colleagues, who mistook them for militants.
Elders of a Jirga of different sub-divisions
handed over 29 suspects to the political administration. The elders
in Ambar sub-division handed over 18 suspects to the administration,
eight suspects were handed over in Safi and one suspect was handed
over in the Halimzai sub-division. However, they were released
after the Jirga furnished surety bonds that they would not indulge
in criminal activities.
The SFs targeted suspected hideouts of militants
with artillery in the Charmang area of Nawagai sub-division in
Bajaur Agency, besides arresting five militants during a search
operation in the Khar sub-division. Sources told that SFs shelled
the positions of militants with artillery and other heavy weapons,
destroying several hideouts in different areas of Charmang Valley.
No casualty was, however, reported. In addition, the SFs arrested
five suspected militants when they were entering Khar, the headquarters
of Bajaur Agency.
The Khyber Rifles and Khasadar troopers confiscated
a huge quantity of ammunition at Loy Shelman Ghunda Khel, a far-flung
area to the north of Landikotal, in the Khyber Agency. The SFs
raided a house in Loy Shelman after being tipped off while investigating
two arrested suspects, said Khyber Rifles Commandant Colonel Furqan
at the Landikotal Army camp. Furqan said the suspects - who were
ammunition dealers in Landikotal - were arrested by the Frontier
Corps personnel earlier. He said that Afghan national Noor Afghan
was the main suspect in smuggling weapons from Afghanistan to
Loy Shelman, from where the arrested dealers supplied the weapons
to Mohmand and Orakzai Agencies.
Ten militants were killed when military planes
bombed suspected positions of militants in the South Waziristan
Agency. The AFP quoted an official as saying that the planes bombed
two places in the Sarwakai area of South Waziristan. "Our jets
hit a militant base in Gurguri and a Taliban compound in Ous Pass
in Sarwakai. Both were destroyed and a total of four militants
were killed," the military official said. The militants killed
in the strikes reportedly belonged to the TTP, he said. Official
sources said that a training centre run by Baitullah Mehsud's
group was destroyed in Gurguri while some houses were bombed in
the Ous Pass area. Local people were reported to have vacated
their houses because of the possibility of military operation
in the area and these were occupied by the Taliban.
Four bodies, including two of sons of a slain
militant commander, were found on the Tank-Jandola road, Police
said. The bullet-riddled bodies, said to be of Idrees and Sher
Qanoon, the sons of late militant commander Gul Pir, Jamshed and
Younus, were found near the Fauji bridge. Gul Pir, a supporter
of Baitullah Mehsud, was killed during an operation in the Sheikh
Utar area two days ago. Security Forces also arrested 12 militants
during the operation.
SFs arrested two militants and dismantled several
hideouts during a search operation in the Charmang area of Bajaur
Agency. Official sources said the SFs continued search operations
in different areas of Charmang valley in which two militants were
arrested while a number of hideouts were destroyed. Sources said
the troops have taken control of Sheda Shah, Barbara and Asghar
after clearing the areas of militants. Internally displaced persons
from these areas have been asked to return to their hometowns
to start routine life. Shopkeepers and traders have also been
asked to open their shops and business centres.
The elders of Alizai tribes in a jirga handed
over six wanted persons to the administration and deposited a
huge sum of fine imposed by the Government under the collective
responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).
The political administration arrested 16 tribesmen
and seized their seven vehicles under 40 FCR in the Halimzai sub-division
of Mohmand Agency while a jirga in the Safi sub-division handed
over 31 wanted persons to the authorities.
Three Taliban groups in South Waziristan Agency
have formed a new anti-Baitullah Mehsud alliance, with Ikhlas
Khan alias Waziristan Baba as its chief. A private TV channel
reported that the Turkistan Bathni, Haji Tehsil Khan Wazir and
Ikhlas Khan Mehsud factions have named the alliance Abdullah Mehsud
group. The new group has reportedly already established offices
in Gomal, Umar Adda, Jandola, Pang, and Sheikh Autar areas of
South Waziristan. 42-year old Waziristan Baba believes that Baitullah
Mehsud was behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto. He said he would avenge the killings of innocent people
who fell victim to attacks launched by Baitullah. "Those who destroy
hospitals and schools and kill our brothers and sisters are not
our well-wishers," he said. The alliance comes after Baitullah
assassinated archrival Qari Zainuddin - who was shot dead by one
of his own bodyguards.
The political administration arrested 28 suspects
and recovered three vehicles from different areas of Bajaur Agency.
During the ongoing crackdown, the Khasadar Force raided areas
at Ghundai, Samsai, Doda Shaway and Lovi Gano in Khar District
and arrested 28 wanted men, a political administration official
Two militants were killed and four others sustained
injuries when the Army's gunship helicopters targeted Taliban
hideouts in the Bajaur Agency. Official and tribal sources said
gunship helicopters pounded the hideouts and also used heavy artillery
and mortars in the Matak area of Nawagai sub-division, killing
two militants and injuring four others. The sources also said
gunship helicopters destroyed a training centre and the militants'
headquarters. Over the last several weeks of intensified operations,
the Security Forces have reportedly flushed out militants from
various areas of Charmang valley in Bajaur, including Matak, Hashim
and Chinar villages.
The bodies of three alleged US spies were found
in the Bechi area of Mirali in North Waziristan Agency. Local
people said that a note found with the bullet-riddled bodies said
the three were spying for the US.
SFs defused three improvised explosive devices
placed by the roadside. Officials said that a military convoy
going from Miranshah to Mirali defused the devices near the Chashma
Military helicopters killed 20 militants and destroyed
four militant hideouts, including a training centre for suicide
bombers in Tirah valley, 35km southwest of Landi Kotal in the
Khyber Agency. "Military helicopters shelled militant hideouts
in the afternoon, killing 20 rebels and destroying four of their
hideouts," a spokesman for the Frontier Corps, Major Fazal-ur-Rehman,
said, adding that the air strikes were ordered after an intelligence
tip-off. Sources said three helicopters shelled Daras Jumat, a
mosque in Akakhel area, near Bara, killing a boy and injuring
three others. A vehicle and two shops were also destroyed. The
mosque, believed to be a stronghold of the banned LeI, was damaged.
Lashkar sources, however, said their organisation had nothing
to do with the mosque.
Nine persons were injured when helicopters attacked
a number of houses in a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan.
Sources said the houses were damaged by rockets fired by two Cobra
helicopters. "My family was preparing breakfast when helicopters
started heavy shelling," said Prof Ayub Rehman of the Government
college. Four people, including a woman and two children, were
injured. Local people said that five passersby were also injured.
The helicopters were apparently sent to attack the house of Siddiqullah,
a local commander of the Baitullah Mehsud group. Officials said
the attack was carried out under the Federal Crime Regulation
(FCR) because local people had not fulfilled their responsibility.
A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a
checkpoint in North Waziristan, causing an explosion that killed
two SF personnel and injured five others. The bomber aimed for
a checkpoint some three kilometers north of Miranshah, local Government
official Rehmatullah said. Two intelligence officials confirmed
the casualty figures and said the wounded include three paramilitary
soldiers. Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a spokesman for the North Waziristan
Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, claimed responsibility for
the suicide attack. He said the suicide attack on the SFs was
a reaction from the Taliban against the silence of the Government
over the US drone strikes in North Waziristan Agency, in which,
he claimed, innocent tribesmen, including women and children,
had died. He threatened to continue attacks on the troops if the
drone attacks were not stopped.
SFs opened fire at a speeding car passing through
the Frontier Corps checkpoint in front of the Miranshah Headquarters
Hospital, killing three persons. Sources said all the three men
who died on the spot were said to be Punjabi Taliban militants.
Two persons, including a woman, were killed and
six others sustained injuries when militants attacked a pickup
truck on the Peshawar-Bajaur road in Mohmand Agency. The Mohmand
Agency Assistant Political Agent Rasool Khan said one militant
was also killed in the exchange of fire with Khasadar force. The
pickup truck carrying passengers was proceeding from Ambar valley
to Yaka Ghund when it was attacked in Malook Korona on Peshawar-Bajaur
main road. Eyewitnesses said that two passengers, Nawab Khan and
the wife of Qazi Hameed, were killed on the spot while six others
Three militants were killed and four paramilitary
soldiers injured during an exchange of fire in the Dosali area
of North Waziristan Agency. According to sources, militants attacked
the Gerdai Rogha post, about 40km south of Miranshah. FC personnel
returned fire and killed three of the attackers. An official said
four FC men had been injured in the clash.
The political administration has banned display
of weapons and vehicles with tinted glasses in Miranshah and Mirali
towns. Such vehicles are reportedly being used by militants in
attacks on the Security Forces in the region.
Two Khasadar troopers and one civilian were injured
after a roadside bomb targeting a Frontier Corps commandant's
envoy detonated in Khyber Agency.
The Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) executed four men after
pronouncing them guilty of abduction and murder at a self-styled
court, witnesses and a spokesman said. The executions by firing
squad took place near Bara tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber
Agency. The LI announced the impending execution by mosque loudspeakers
in Bar Qambarkhel village, 10 kilometers northwest of Bara, late
on July 29 and urged locals to witness the killings, a local tribesman
told. "Four blindfolded criminals with hands tied behind their
backs were brought by LI men and lined up outside the mosque.
Four LI fighters sprayed bullets, killing them on the spot," said
witness Malik Qasim Khan Afridi. The killings were carried out
after morning prayers, he said. "The execution of four men allegedly
involved in abduction and murder of innocent people was carried
out after a Sharia court procedure," said LI spokesman Haji Zar
Khan. Ulas Khan Afridi, a 35-year-old shopkeeper, who lives near
the mosque, said an LI member announced the execution soon after
Two Taliban militants and a trooper were killed
in a clash between the Taliban and SFs in Miranshah, headquarters
of North Waziristan Agency. Official sources told that the militants
attacked the SFs on the Dattakhel-Miranshah road when they were
setting up a check-post there. Two SF personnel and seven militants
were injured in the clash. Sources said the fighting continued
for four hours.
The SFs destroyed the houses of two Taliban commanders
and arrested six suspected militants in the Bajaur Agency. "Today's
operation is part of a continuous campaign for enforcement of
writ of the state in the region," an unnamed official said.
Taliban militants, reportedly affiliated with
commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, in North Waziristan Agency shot dead
an insurgent, Maulvi Gulab, and his deputy in the crowded Miranshah
Bazaar. Sources close to the Taliban militants told that Gulab
was known for abducting people and then beheading them on charges
of spying on the Taliban for the US forces stationed in Afghanistan.
Witnesses said armed men came to the bazaar in a pickup truck
and opened indiscriminate gunfire on commander Gulab and his associates.
Gulab died on the spot, along with his deputy. Two other men working
at a restaurant were injured in the firing. Tribal sources said
the assailants seemed to be militants.
The Taliban released 10 Frontier Corps soldiers
kidnapped two days ago from their post on the Esha-Razmak Road
in North Waziristan.
Three militants were killed and several others
injured when the SFs targeted suspected hideouts of the militants
in different areas of Salarzai sub-division in Bajaur Agency.
Official sources said the SFs targeted the militant hideouts in
Darra, Ghundai and Sor Dagay areas with artillery guns, killing
three militants and injuring several others. They added that a
number of sanctuaries of the militants were destroyed in the operations.
Authorities in Bajaur Agency have reportedly asked
the elders of Salarzai tribe to flush the militants out of their
areas or face consequences. Speaking at a Jirga of the elders,
Khar Subdivision Assistant Political Agent Iqbal Khattak said
the people of Tangi, Babar Shah, Darra, Ghundai and Sor Dagay
should co-operate with the political administration in eliminating
the militants and refrain from harbouring them in their areas.
The elders vowed to make efforts for handing over the wanted persons
to the administration or expel them from the area to avert a possible
action by the Government.
Five civilians and four SF personnel were killed
and six civilians and an equal number of SFs injured in the North
Waziristan Agency. Militants fired rockets and missiles at an
army camp, northeast of Miranshah, killing four Army personnel
and seriously injuring another six.
A missile hit a house in the Chashma village,
one kilometre south of Miranshah, killing three civilians and
wounding three others. In retaliation, the troops fired shells,
targeting the sites from where the Taliban militants were launching
The Taliban militants attacked an Army camp in
the Datakhel area, 40 kilometres west of Miranshah, the headquarters
of North Waziristan Agency. A Taliban-launched rocket hit, a house
killing two women and wounding another three.
Four persons, including the second wife of TTP
chief Baitullah Mehsud, were killed and a few others sustained
injuries in a drone attack on the house of Baitullah's father-in-law
in Zangara village of Laddha sub-division in South Waziristan
Agency. Taliban sources close to Baitullah Mehsud confirmed the
killing of his wife in the drone attack, but denied reports that
the TTP chief too was killed in the missile strikes. "Yes, I can
confirm this bad news about the loss of his wife," said a senior
Taliban commander based at Mirali in North Waziristan Agency.
He, however, denied reports that Baitullah Mehsud too was killed
in the strike. Official and tribal sources said the US spy plane
fired two missiles at the house of Ikramuddin Mehsud.
Officials said it was the first casualty of any
close relatives of the Pakistani Taliban commander in US missile
strikes. Baitullah Mehsud married the daughter of Ikramuddin,
a tribal elder from the Shabikhel branch of Mehsud tribe, in October
2008. Baitullah is also from the Shabikhel Mehsud clan. Hakimullah
Mehsud, deputy to Baitullah Mehsud, confirmed the attack on the
house of his leader's father-in-law, but denied the loss of his
wife. "There is no truth in media reports that the said wife of
Ameer Saib (Baitullah) has been killed in the drone attack," the
Taliban commander told media persons from an undisclosed location.
He said Baitullah had already withdrawn his family from the area
when the situation deteriorated as a result of the military operation
launched by the Government against them. There has been no official
confirmation of the incident so far.
Nine militants were killed and two others sustained
injuries during an operation by the SFs in different areas of
the Nawagai and Salarzai subdivisions in Bajaur Agency. The SFs
targeted Taliban hideouts in the Chinar, Kohi, Manugai and Banda
areas of Nawagai and Darra, Ghundi and Sur Dagai areas of Salarzai.
The SFs also arrested three Taliban militants during a search
operation in the Manugai area of Nawagai.
In Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur Agency, Taliban
militants opened fire on a Bajaur Levies soldier, Alam Khan, killing
him on the spot.
A man was killed and seven others, including four
women and three children, sustained injuries in shelling and bombing
by gunship helicopters of the Pakistan Army on Qutabkhel village
near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. Villagers said three
military helicopters started shelling several houses early in
the morning in which a tribesman, identified as Abbas Khan, was
killed. The villagers also said four women and three children
were wounded in the shelling.
Two persons, including a soldier, were killed
during an operation against the banned LI in the Akakhel Mera
area of Bara sub-division in the Khyber Agency. Five militants
were arrested, officials said. The SFs are reported to have surrounded
the centre of Akakhel unit of the LI and in the ensuing encounter,
one soldier and an LI militant were killed while five LI members
Quoting intelligence reports, Foreign Minister
Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that the TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud
was killed in a US drone attack in South Waziristan. "Based on
information gleaned from intelligence reports, the news of Baitullah's
death is correct. But we are going for ground verification, and
when the information has been confirmed, then we will be 100 percent
sure," he told reporters in Islamabad. He also told BBC Radio
that it was "pretty certain" that the Taliban chief was dead.
A Taliban commander and aide to Baitullah Mehsud, meanwhile, told
that the TTP chief was killed in the US strike. "I confirm that
Baitullah Mehsud and his wife died in the American missile attack
in South Waziristan," Taliban commander Kafayatullah said by telephone.
He did not give any further details. Baitullah Mehsud was allegedly
killed in a drone attack on August 5 while visiting his father-in-law
Maulana Ikramuddin's house in the Laddha sub-division. The attack
also resulted in the deaths of one of his wives, Ikramuddin's
daughter, and over half-a-dozen guards. "Information is coming
from that area that he is dead… I am unable to confirm unless
I have solid evidence," said Interior Minister Rehman Malik. He
also said "It is a targeted law enforcement action against Baitullah
Mehsud's group and it will continue until Baitullah Mehsud's group
is eliminated forever." The minister urged the TTP to lay down
arms and urged them to come into the mainstream, saying the new
TTP chief would face the same fate as Baitullah. He said the TTP
is a banned outfit and there was no possibility of talks with
The ISPR Director-General Major General Athar
Abbas said keeping in view the available intelligence information
there were 60-70 per cent chances that Baitullah Mehsud had been
killed in the drone attack. "The ground realities are indicating
that he is dead. But we are still waiting for the remaining 30
per cent if someone from his own network appears and confirms
his death," explained the military spokesman. "The mystery will
be cleared in the next 24 hours," he said, adding, "It's not a
small incident that could be kept secret." The Online news agency
quoted a private TV channel as reporting that the Government could
make the official announcement with regard to Baitullah's death
within the coming week. It said the Interior Ministry had received
a fax from South Waziristan Political Agent Syed Shahab Ali Shah
confirming Baitullah's death.
The TTP deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, meanwhile,
told he could neither confirm nor deny Baitullah's killing in
the drone attack. Meanwhile, intelligence officials and Taliban
sources have said that Taliban commanders were meeting in the
FATA to choose a successor. It was unclear when they might reach
A spokesman for US President Barack Obama has
said the White House cannot confirm the killing of the TTP chief,
adding the people of Pakistan are now safer if reports are accurate.
Describing Baitullah Mehsud as a murderous thug, the White House
spokesman Robert Gibbs said on August 5: "We cannot confirm whether
he is dead. There seems to be a growing consensus among credible
observers that he is indeed dead."
Ten people were killed and seven others sustained
injuries during clashes between two rival militant groups in the
remote Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. Sources said the fighting
between LI and AI started when the AI cadres captured a post in
the Kookikhel area. After a fierce clash, with both sides using
heavy guns, the post was recaptured by the LI militants. Sources
said the dead included six AI men, three from the LI and a non-combatant.
Those killed from the LI also included 'commander' Rangeen Khan.
The civilian was killed when a mortar shell landed at a house.
The SFs killed two militants and destroyed six
militant hideouts in a search operation in the Nawagai and Salarzai
sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency. Official sources said the SFs
during the search operation in various areas of Charmang sub-division
destroyed hideouts and underground bunkers and killed two militants.
The troops also patrolled Bar Kamangara and Lar Kamangara areas
and established check-posts in various areas and started a search
operation. In the Chinar area of Salarzai sub-division, the SFs
fired artillery shells at militant hideouts.
TTP spokesman Hakeemullah Mehsud and Taliban commander
Waliur Rehman were allegedly killed in a gunbattle that erupted
during a meeting to determine the future of the organisation,
a few hours after Hakeemullah claimed Baitullah Mehsud is "alive".
Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Reuters the Government had
received reports that only one of the two rivals for the leadership
of the Taliban was killed. "The infighting was between Waliur
Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud," he said, adding, "We have information
that one of them has been killed. Who was killed we will be able
to say after confirming." According to PTV, Rehman killed Hakeemullah
after the latter was appointed the new TTP chief. A Taliban official
in South Waziristan, where the meeting took place, told the Government
had fabricated reports of the infighting. Noor Said, deputy spokesman
under Baitullah, said: "There was no fighting in the shura. Both
Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah are safe and sound." However, an
intelligence officer denied this, saying he had reports that Hakeemullah
was dead. Earlier in the day, Hakeemullah had telephoned journalists
to deny that Baitullah had been killed in a missile strike by
US drone aircraft on August 5. Terming the reports as "ridiculous",
he said it was ploy hatched by the ISI and the CIA to force Baitullah
into the open and assassinate him. However, senior government
officials have expressed skepticism, demanding proof that Baitullah
Senior Taliban commander Qari Hussain, maintaining
that Baitullah is alive, has threatened to unleash a wave of suicide
attacks to "avenge the Government-sponsored propaganda against
A Khwazai peace committee chief, five others and
11 Taliban militants were killed in a clash in the Payazai sub-division
of Mohmand Agency. A political administration official said a
group of Taliban militants attacked the peace committee chief
Malik Ajmal's residence at around 2 AM. Ajmal's security guards
and volunteers retaliated, killing 11 militants. However, Ajmal
and five of his men were also killed in the attack. Local official
Javed Ali confirmed the incident. Ajmal Khan was a pro-government
tribal elder, who captured 12 Taliban militants and handed them
over to the Security Forces last week.
Taliban militants attacked an army convoy using
a remote controlled bomb in North Waziristan, killing two SF personnel
and injuring three others. The convoy was heading from Mir Ali
to Miranshah when the bomb exploded at Norak on the Mir Ali-Miranshah
road, 15 kilometres east of the agency headquarters. One vehicle
was destroyed in the attack. In retaliation, the SFs targeted
militant hideouts but there were no casualties.
SFs, backed by helicopter gunships and artillery,
shelled hideouts of the militants loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur after
a military convoy was attacked in North Waziristan. According
to officials, 11 militants were killed when troops launched a
counter-attack and fired heavy artillery and mortars to dislodge
the militants from their positions. Local people said that a heavy
exchange of fire continued for five hours and residential areas
were also hit. The military convoy was going to Mirali from Dosali
when it was ambushed near Asadkhel, injuring three soldiers. Gul
Bahadur's spokesman Ahmadullah Ahmadi claimed that 32 soldiers
had been killed and 14 military vehicles captured.
A paramilitary soldier was killed and three others
sustained injuries when a bomb exploded near the Banda Post, about
two kilometres from Miranshah. The soldiers were reportedly fetching
water from a nearby spring when the bomb exploded. The Gul Bahadur
group, which has alliance with the group of Baitullah Mehsud,
claimed responsibility for both the attacks. The militant group,
which scrapped a peace agreement with the Government, has demanded
withdrawal of troops and an end to the drone attacks. The group
had earlier claimed responsibility for an attack on a military
convoy in Wacha Bibi area on June 28. Seventeen soldiers were
killed in that attack.
The political administration imposed an indefinite
curfew in Miranshah, Mirali, Rezmak, Datakhel, Boya and Ghulam
Khan areas of North Waziristan. Local people said that a large
number of troops, tanks and armoured personnel carriers were deployed
in the tribal region after Gul Bahadur had scrapped the peace
Two women and two children were killed and nine
others sustained injuries when a shell hit a house in the Shalobar
area of Bara sub-division in the Khyber Agency, during fighting
between the SFs and the LI militants.
The SFs are reported to have used gunship helicopters
and armoured personnel carriers during the operation against the
LI. Militants of the banned LI also used heavy weapons against
the SFs, injuring one soldier. A shell landed at the house of
Kashar Gul in Nogazi Baba, killing two women and two children.
Two men and seven women sustained injuries in the shelling. The
LI spokesman, Zar Khan, alleged that the SFs tried to make way
for the entry of its rival organisation, Ansarul Islam, and the
LI had to act in its defence. The Ansarul Islam spokesman, Mubeen
Khan, said his organisation had not taken part in the operation
but pledged to assist the SFs in maintaining law and order in
the area if such a request was made.
Two militants were killed and three others sustained
injuries in a clash between militants and the SFs in the Hasham
area of Bajaur Agency. Sources said militants attacked a check-post
of the SFs in the Hasham area of Nawagai sub-division. They said
the troops retaliated, killing two militants and injuring three
others. Official sources said a militant commander stated to be
the mastermind of attacks on schools and other Government installations
had been arrested by the SFs.
Fierce fighting erupted between volunteers of
a local militia and militants when the militants ambushed two
vehicles of a peace committee in Ghalanai, headquarters of the
Mohmand Agency. Two vehicles carrying volunteers of the peace
committee from Lakaro to Kareer for a search operation were attacked
by militants when they reached the area. The armed volunteers
retaliated and sources said reinforcements were sent to the area
to support the militia, adding the militants had been surrounded
by the Lashkar volunteers and fighting was going on. Earlier,
the SFs had targeted militants' hideouts in different areas of
Safi and Pandyali sub-divisions of the Mohmand Agency.
SFs used helicopter gunships in an operation against
the banned LI in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency, killing
17 militants and destroying six hideouts of the militants. The
Frontier Corps Media Cell said a huge ammunition dump was also
destroyed in the Shalobar area. According to sources, an unspecified
quantity of arms and ammunition were also seized.
A paramilitary commander separately told that
the operation was launched after militants fired rockets at a
paramilitary checkpoint early on August 10 in an assault in Peshawar,
the NWFP capital that killed two civilians. The pre-dawn rocket
attack targeted a Frontier Corps base in the city's Hayatabad
neighborhood, Peshawar Police chief Sifwat Ghayur told. "One rocket
landed harmlessly inside the post but three others strayed into
the residential area, killing two men and wounding three others,"
Ghayur said. Taliban militants also fired rockets and mortars
towards a military post in the nearby tribal district of Bara
but there were no casualties or damage, a military official said
earlier. Three Taliban militants were killed when troops returned
fire, the official told. Hayatabad is close to the Bara town.
14 militants were killed and seven others sustained
injuries in another attack by a CIA-operated drone at Kaniguram
town in the Ladha sub-division of South Waziristan Agency (SWA).
Tribal sources told The News that the US drone fired three missiles
at a house, which the militants had occupied from Zangi Khan Burki,
a local influential trader, and turned it into their 'Markaz'
or headquarters. Zangi Khan and his family had left their house
and shifted to Karachi after tribal and foreign militants took
over Kaniguram. Another house owned by the Agency councilor, Arif
Zaman, located near the alleged headquarters of the Taliban, was
also damaged in the attack. Sources close to the TTP said all
those killed in the attack were local tribal militants. They also
claimed that the victims of the drone attack included some women
and children. The newly-appointed TTP spokesman, Azam Tariq, called
journalists and claimed that only six people, including some women
and children, had been killed in the attack by the US drone.
Unidentified men killed eight Taliban militants
in the Orakzai Agency and abducted two others, said locals and
official sources. Official sources said that armed men attacked
a Taliban vehicle - en route to Mashti Bazaar from Ghaljo area
- in Garhi village, killing eight militants, including a brother
of Taliban 'commander' Sakhi. They said the slain militants were
members of the Mashti tribe. Locals said the assailants could
be Taliban militants from a rival group of Mufti Ziaur Rehman
from the Akhel tribe. In apparent retaliation to the killings,
militants from the Mashti tribe abducted at least 50 Akhel tribesmen,
including 16 militants.
Taliban militants killed a local tribal elder
after abducting him, while two of his family members are still
in the group's custody, said local sources and the Taliban. The
bullet-riddled body of Malik Zahir Shah Gorbuz was found in the
Shwafarsh area of Safi sub-division after he was kidnapped along
with his son and another relative. Taliban spokesman Akramullah
Mohmand told reporters that the group had killed the elder because
he was holding meetings to organise an anti-Taliban Lashkar (militia)
in the area.
The Taliban in Orakzai Agency announced that they
would not attack the SFs during Ramzan and Taliban Sharia
(Islamic law) courts would remain closed "until the tenth day
of Eid". The group's spokesman in the agency told journalists
over telephone that the Taliban leadership in Orakzai had decided
to halt attacks on the SFs during the holy month of Ramzan. He
said Taliban Sharia courts in the agency would remain closed from
August 12 until the 10th day of Eid.
Fierce clashes broke out between supporters of
the slain TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud and rival Turkistan Bhittani
at Jandola in South Waziristan and each side claimed inflicting
heavy casualties on the other. According to sources, militants
loyal to Baitullah attacked Bhittani's men in the Soor Gher area
and set ablaze 33 houses. They said that seven supporters of Bhittani
were killed and 15 captured. Bhittani's men claimed to have killed
over 50 attackers. According to Associated Press, at least 70
militants were killed in the clash. Two intelligence officials
said that militants used rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft guns
against Turkistan's men. The officials, who cited wireless intercepts
from the area, confirmed that at least 70 people had been killed.
Bhittani claimed that 90 fighters were killed and more than 40
houses destroyed. A senior official confirmed the clash but did
not give details about casualties. "The local administration has
no writ in the area and we have no information about the number
of casualties," he added.
Two schoolboys were killed and another injured
when a mine exploded in the Bajaur Agency. The three, all brothers,
were playing when the explosive device went off in Nisarabad on
the outskirts of Khar, local administration chief Adalat Khan
said. Two of them, aged between nine and 11 years, were killed
and their 13-year-old brother injured, he said. A security official
confirmed the casualties, saying that it was unclear if the mine
had been planted by militants or had been left during a six-month
battle fought between the military and the Taliban.
12 Taliban militants were killed when helicopter
gunships pounded several hideouts of Taliban 'commander' Hakeemullah
Mehsud at Orakzai Agency. "We targeted hideouts of Hekeemullah
Mehsud," said Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas. Military
sources in Orakzai said that six of the bases in Tora Cheena and
Chappar Ferozkhel areas had been razed. The sources said dead
bodies of 12 slain Taliban militants were seen from helicopters.
Hakeemullah - a close aide of Baitullah Mehsud, who was reportedly
killed in a missile strike on August 5 in South Waziristan - is
commanding Taliban in Orakzai and Kurram Agencies.
Seven persons were killed in gunfights between
Taliban militants and a lashkar (militia) at South Waziristan.
A tribal elder - who led a Lashkar (militia) against
al-Qaeda-linked foreign militants in South Waziristan in 2007
- his bodyguard and two passers-by were killed in a remote-controlled
bomb explosion at Wana in FATA. "Malik Khadeen was passing through
Wana Bazaar when a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off … killing
him, his driver and two passers-by," eyewitnesses told over the
telephone. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack,
but local Taliban commanders accused al-Qaeda-linked foreign militants
who were flushed out from Ahmedzai Wazir areas in the spring of
Two pro-Government Lashkar (militia) leaders were
killed and their bullet-ridden dead bodies dumped in Bajaur Agency.
"Both the tribal elders were shot dead by gunmen. We think Taliban
are involved in the incident," a local Government official said.
The dead bodies of two persons, who were shot
dead on an unspecified date, were recovered from Bara tehsil
(revenue division) of Khyber Agency.
The Taliban militants fired rockets at a Security
Force post at Landikotal, injuring a soldier. Troops reportedly
retaliated using artillery and sophisticated guns. The report
added that Taliban militants fired at least six rockets at the
Taliban militants fired five mortar shells at
an Army camp in the North Waziristan Agency and injured eight
SF personnel. Though the SFs retaliated, it was not reported whether
the Taliban militants suffered any casualties.
Three SF personnel were injured when Taliban militants
attacked their check post in Ali Masjid area of the Khyber Agency
at around 1am (PST). The injured personnel were identified as,
Shafi, Mohammad Bangash and Gulzar Bangash.
Unidentified armed men killed 18 Taliban militants
on the Wana-Ladha Road in South Waziristan. The slain militants
were affiliated with the Mullah Nazir group. Taliban sources in
Wana told that the bullet-riddled bodies of 18 militants were
shifted to Wana in the evening. They said the militants had gone
to the Paktika province in Afghanistan to fight the US-led coalition
forces and were returning home when they were attacked by the
armed men. The sources also said the militants had come back to
Pakistan and were hoping to reach Shakai after passing through
the territory of the Mehsud tribe. The militants, under the command
of Meeradin, were reportedly traveling in two pickup trucks, when
they were ambushed by unidentified assailants at the Shawangi
area in the Ladha sub-division in the morning on August 15. Ladha
is inhabited by the Mehsud tribesmen and is under the control
of the Baitullah Mehsud-led TTP. A senior Taliban commander of
the Mullah Nazir group said they would not say as to who killed
their men and why. "Either the government, the Uzbeks or the Mehsud
Taliban could be involved in their killing. But right now, we
cannot say anything concrete," he said. He added that the militants
were traveling via Makeen and Ladha in South Waziristan where
the Mehsud Taliban and the Uzbek militants were active. The Taliban
commander said most of the bodies had been recovered except three,
which, he said, were taken away by the assailants. Another senior
Taliban commander later telephoned from Wana and denied reports
about the killing of Mullah Nazir in the ambush. "There is no
truth in these reports. I offered Maghrib prayers with him on
Sunday and he was safe and sound. This man, Turkistan Bhittani,
is spreading lies by claiming that Ameer Sahib (Mulla Nazir) has
been killed by the Baitullah Mehsud group," claimed the Taliban
commander and a close aide to Nazir. He termed it part of a malicious
propaganda launched by pro-government commander Turkistan Bhittani
to create differences between the militants belonging to the Ahmadzai
Wazir and Mehsud tribes.
Three passers-by were killed and 25 others, including
some women and children, sustained injuries when SFs resorted
to indiscriminate firing after a roadside bomb blast in the Darga
Mandi area of North Waziristan Agency. Tribal sources said unidentified
militants had planted an improvised explosive device on Gulam
Khan Road in Darga Mandi, which went off soon after a convoy of
the SFs passed through the area. The SFs opened indiscriminate
fire after the incident, killing three passers-by and injuring
25 others. The vehicles parked in the surrounding areas were also
damaged in the firing by the troops.
Two militants were killed and four others injured
during a clash with the SFs in the Charmang valley of Bajaur Agency.
Sources said that a group of militants attacked a check-post and
the SFs retaliated and exchanged heavy gunfire with them. Two
militants were subsequently killed and four sustained injuries
during the exchange of fire, they added. Three hideouts of militants
were also destroyed in the search operation in the area.
The political administration launched a crackdown
against the Mandal tribe and arrested its 25 elders for failing
to hand over 10 suspected militants to the authorities. Sources
said that the crackdown was launched after the tribes conveyed
its inability to the Government to produce the wanted men. The
political administration had given a list of 10 militants to Mandal
tribe to hand them over to it for investigation.
The building of a private school was partially
damaged when an explosive device went off in the Khogakhel area
of Landi Kotal sub-division in Khyber Agency.
A militant on suicide mission
rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a check-post on the
Bannu-Miranshah road in North Waziristan Agency in the evening,
killing four Security Force personnel and injuring eight others.
The bomber reportedly struck the Esha check-post located near
Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, which was manned
by army and paramilitary personnel. An official said that an army
soldier and three paramilitary personnel were killed in the attack.
No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack till
last reports came in.
Three militants were killed in
a clash between the militants and the local Lashkar (militia)
in lower Orakzai Agency. Tribal sources said militants belonging
to the banned TTP clashed with the Lashkar of armed tribesmen
in the Qazikhel and Storikhel areas. The clash continued for four
hours and three militants belonging to Swat and South Waziristan
were killed and several others injured. The Lashkar members also
captured an injured militant.
The bodies of four unidentified
persons were found elsewhere in the Orakzai Agency. However, it
was not known who killed the four men.
The unidentified armed men blew
up a hideout of the militants belonging to Hakimullah Mehsud,
the TTP ‘commander’ for Orakzai Agency, in the Anjani area.
A tribal Lashkar (militia) in
the Khwezai area of Mohmand Agency captured and handed over to
the SFs a top militant commander and spokesman for the TTP Maulvi
Omar. Maulvi Omar a.k.a. Said Muhammad was also deputy to Bajaur
Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad engaged in fighting against
the SFs since August 6, 2008. He used to reportedly sell perfumes
in a pushcart in the Inayat Killay Bazaar in Bajaur Agency in
the past and at one stage, studied and taught in a madrassa (seminary).
In recent weeks, the TTP had appointed another spokesman named
Azam Tariq, though Maulvi Omar insisted that he hadn’t been replaced.
A senior military official told that the TTP spokesman during
preliminary interrogation confirmed the death of Baitullah Mehsud
in a US drone attack on August 5 on the house his father-in-law,
Ikramuddin, in Zangara village in South Waziristan Agency. According
to an official of the paramilitary FC, Maulvi Omar and his two
bodyguards were returning to Bajaur after a failed attempt to
travel to the Orakzai Agency when armed volunteers of the local
tribal Lashkar in Khwezai area captured them. Maulvi Omar, the
official said, was scheduled to attend an important meeting of
senior TTP commanders in Orakzai. Maulvi Omar and his two colleagues,
identified as Hanifullah and Waheed Gul, were walking on foot
when members of the Lashkar waylaid and captured them. They later
handed them over to the Mohmand Rifles, a wing of the FC. The
TTP spokesman was then shifted to Ghalanai, the headquarters of
the Mohmand Agency, where he was to be produced before the media.
Sources in the militia said TTP letterheads signed by Baitullah
Mehsud, maps, video camera and a walkie-talkie were recovered
from Omar at the time of his arrest.
SFs said that they had killed
five Taliban militants in Bajaur Agency. "Taliban fired at a security
convoy near Kuz Chamarkand ... troops retaliated and killed five
Taliban," said the ISPR.
Unidentified armed men shot dead
three persons, including a soldier of the Bajaur Levies, in the
Shago area while the SFs killed a militant and arrested four others
in different areas of the Khar sub-division in Bajaur Agency.
Tribal sources said a group of
unidentified armed men forced their entry into the house of Lali
Jan in Shago area. The armed men then dragged out Lali Jan, along
with his two sons, Suleman and Ibrahim, from the house and took
them to a nearby field and shot them dead with Kalashnikov rifles.
Suleman was a soldier in the Bajaur Levies while Ibrahim was working
as a water carrier in the Bajaur Scouts. Meanwhile, a militant
was killed and another sustained injuries during a clash with
the SFs in the Rashakai area in Khar sub-division. The SFs, in
addition, also arrested four suspected militants and dynamited
their houses in the Shago area.
A pre-dawn drone attack killed
at least 21 militants in North Waziristan Agency. According to
sources, missiles fired by the suspected US pilotless plane hit
a residential compound in Dandy Derpakhel village near Miranshah,
frequented by militants mostly from the Punjab province. Militant
sources claimed that women and children, and not their men, had
been killed in the attack. The compound was adjacent to a large
seminary set up by the Afghan militant ‘commander’ Jalaluddin
Haqqani, said to be close to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
An unnamed official said the compound was used as a training centre
for militants but he was not sure which group was running it.
The air strike targeted Siraj Haqqani, a Taliban ‘commander’ blamed
for masterminding ambushes on American troops in Afghanistan,
intelligence officials said. It was unclear if Siraj Haqqani,
son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, was among the people killed in the
attack, the officials said, adding that three women were among
the dead. The US reportedly launched the strike based on information
that Haqqani was in the compound, according to two of the local
intelligence officials based in North Waziristan. However, Pakistani
authorities have not been able to confirm that he was there at
the time, they said.
Soon after the attack, militants
attacked the Amin check-post near Miranshah. An exchange of fire
took place which continued for more than three hours. Security
Forces, meanwhile, claimed to have killed four militants in a
pre-emptive attack but this could not be verified from independent
sources. The Political administration imposed a curfew on Miranshah
after the attack on the check-post. Residents said that one person
was killed and two others injured when troops opened fire on a
group of people for violating the curfew.
SFs killed at least 12 militants
in different areas of Mohmand Agency and destroyed several of
their hideouts. SF sources said at around 2:00 pm, two gunship
choppers shelled militant strongholds in the Ghani Baba, Michni
and Seperay areas of Yakkaghund sub-division. "Twelve militants
were killed and four of their hideouts destroyed during the operation,"
the Frontier Corps said in a statement. "The troops also
seized heavy arms, ammunition and explosives during the operation,"
said the statement.
Unidentified men killed pro-government
tribal chief Malik Sarwar Khan Wazir and three others in South
Waziristan. Sarwar was traveling from his home village of Dazha
Ghundi to Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan, when gunmen
attacked his vehicle, officials said, killing him, his son Bakhmal
Khan, brother Gulzar and an uncle of ‘commander’ Nek Muhammad.
However, the four persons had been killed along with Sarwar. Sarwar,
a tribal chief, had played an important role in fighting against
the Taliban in Wana.
A security official was killed
and two others wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire in
a mosque during the Taraveeh prayers in Mamoonzai area in Khar
sub-division of Bajaur Agency. A private TV channel reported that
the officials were Levies personnel.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead Afghan journalist
Janullah Hashimzada in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency when he
was on his way to Peshawar from Afghanistan. He was traveling
in a passenger coach to Peshawar to reach his home in Hayatabad
when four gunmen, driving a white colour car, intercepted the
vehicle in the Surkamar area on the highway linking Pakistan to
Afghanistan. Driver of the coach Abbas said the four gunmen came
out of their car and forced him and the cleaner to disembark.
"Then, two gunmen entered the coach and shot Janullah in the forehead
four times, killing him on the spot," he said. Another passenger,
Ali, also an Afghan national, sustained bullet injuries and was
shifted to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar. Janullah
was the bureau chief in Pakistan for Afghanistan's Pashto TV channel,
Taliban militants attacked a military convoy killing
two soldiers at Madi Jam, an area 20 kilometers east of Wana,
in the South Waziristan Agency. Subsequently, helicopter gunships
and jets attacked Taliban hideouts. Residents in Wana saw armoured
personnel carriers heading towards Madi Jam. "Helicopters dropped
leaflets asking people to leave the fighting area," Muhammad Aslam,
a resident of Madi Jam, told on telephone.
Unidentified militants blew up an oil tanker carrying
fuel to Afghanistan near a bridge along the Torkham border in
the Khyber Agency. Border officials said the driver and his helper
had gone to a nearby mosque to say their prayers when the tanker
was blown up.
The abducted general manager of the FATA Rural
Development Project Bajaur Agency, Imran Afridi, was released
by his captors. The abductors also released three other persons
along with Afridi, handing them over to a local jirga (tribal
council). The officials were abducted three months ago from Barang
tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency.
A suicide bomber blew himself up as Security Force
personnel gathered at sunset to break their daily fast (Muslims
keep fast from dawn to dusk in the holy month of Ramadan), killing
at least 22 soldiers and injuring 10 others at Torkham in the
Khyber Agency near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. An injured
soldier said that a man entered the compound where the soldiers
had gathered and blew himself up when they offered him to break
the fast with them. The bomber targeted soldiers from the Khyber
Zakhakhel tribe, and sources said the political authorities of
Torkham were tipped off about a week ago about the attack. A suicide
bomber was also recently arrested from Torkham.
10 persons were killed and five others injured
when a drone fired two missiles at a house in the Kanigaram area
of Laddha tehsil (revenue unit) of South Waziristan Agency.
A Toori Khel Lashkar (militia) set ablaze houses
of three persons, identified as Ali Ahmad, Akhlaq and Syed Riaz,
at Kurram Agency in FATA. A source said the trio had stopped a
tribesman's funeral procession and set ablaze several vehicles.
Later, the 5,000-strong lashkar set ablaze the houses of the three
The Salarzai tribe Lashkar (militia) chief Malik
Munasib Khan and five others were injured in a bomb blast in Salarzai
sub-division's headquarters, near the residence of tribal elder
Shahabuddin Khan. "As Munasib Khan was passing by, a powerful
explosion destroyed a shop and wounded six men, including the
Lashkar chief," official sources told. No group has claimed responsibility
for the explosion but Taliban involvement was suspected as the
Lashkar is fighting the Taliban-linked militancy in the area.
The Bajaur Agency political administration demolished
the house of a Taliban militant and also recovered a large cache
of weapons from a house in Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur Agency.
Bajaur Scouts and political authorities used explosives to demolish
the house of one Pervez, believed to be a cadre of the Taliban.
A grand jirga (council) of tribesman from Khar
was informed by the political authorities that the locals now
bore the responsibility for protecting their areas under the collective
responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation. They
were told that the tribesmen must take action against the Taliban
if they wanted to avoid suffering losses in case the government
operated to clear their areas of the terrorists.
Three militants were killed while eight others
were arrested, four of them reportedly well-trained suicide bombers,
during an encounter with the paramilitary FC soldiers at the Dosali
checkpoint on the Esha-Razmak Road in North Waziristan Agency.
Tribal sources told from Miranshah, the headquarters of North
Waziristan, that dozens of militants coming from the adjoining
South Waziristan Agency attacked the FC troopers manning the roadside
checkpoint in Dosali. The militants first lobbed hand grenades
at the troops and then opened fire with assault rifles. According
to sources, the paramilitary troops had already taken positions
and were well-prepared for any eventuality. The troops repulsed
the militant attack, triggering an exchange of heavy fire. Later,
three militants, who reportedly belonged to South Waziristan,
were killed and eight others were arrested. Among the arrested
militants, four were said to be trained suicide bombers.
In addition to seizing a large cache of arms and
ammunition from their possession, the Security Forces also recovered
some Afghan currency from the detained Taliban militants. Military
sources later confirmed the incident and said the detained militants
had been shifted to an unidentified location for interrogation.
Three militants were killed when two groups of
Taliban exchanged fire in the Ferozkhel area of Orakzai Agency.
Tribal sources said a group of militants belonging to the TTP
unit in Darra Adamkhel allegedly attacked a seminary at Mehmoodabad
in Lower Kurram, triggering retaliation by the Orakzai-based TTP.
At least 40 militants were killed as SFs launched
a massive operation in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency.
The operation, codenamed Bia Daraghlam (here I come again)
was launched in the aftermath of a spate of beheading in the region,
sources said. Locals said nearly 35 beheaded bodies were recovered
from different areas of Bara over the past one month. Briefing
journalists about the operation, sector commander of the SFs,
Brigadier Faiz, and Political Agent of the Khyber Agency Tariq
Hayat Khan said 40 militants had been killed and 43 were arrested.
The arrested militants were produced before the media along with
the arms seized during search operations. The two officials said
four militant hideouts were destroyed during the operation. They
also said the ground forces were supported by military helicopters
that targeted the hideouts of militants. The officials said the
operation was not against a particular group or individual, but
to purge the area of the miscreants. Locals said the banned LeI
activists did not offer any resistance to the operation which
was launched in the morning. They had reportedly already vacated
their areas to take refuge in the nearby mountains. Sources said
the FC and Army troops were taking part in the operation and reported
to have captured all important places of militants around 3am.
A pro-government tribal elder, Malik Walayat Shah,
was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in the Haleemzai sub-division
of Mohmand Agency in the night. Malik Shah was reportedly ambushed
when he went out of his house after breaking the Ramzan fast in
the evening at Shanikhel village. He was considered a pro-administration
elder and used to visit the office of the political agent on regular
The SFs arrested four suspected militants and
set ablaze two houses during an operation. The SFs conducted a
search operation in the Kamalkhel area of Safi sub-division and
torched houses of Ikram and another suspected person for links
with militants. Four suspected persons, including Liaqat, Ali
Khan and Syed Ahmed, were also arrested. The troops also targeted
militant hideouts in different areas of the sub-division. However,
no casualty was reported.
16 more militants were killed and 35 others arrested
on the second day of Operation Bia Daraglam in different
parts of the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. Two explosive-laden
vehicles, houses of six commanders, including those of Abid Murad,
Tayyab and Sabeel, and six hideouts of militants were destroyed
in the operation. At least 59 militants have been killed and 78
others arrested during the operation so far. Political Agent Khyber
Tariq Hayat Khan told reporters that the operation would continue
till the neutralization of all terrorists.
Five persons were killed when artillery and mortar
shells hit a residential area in the Mohmand Agency. Three persons,
identified as Gul Mohammad, Sher Mohammad and Welayat, were killed
when stray shells fired from an unknown direction hit their houses
in Musa Kor. Two persons were killed in shelling in Ghaljo Dara.
SFs killed two militant commanders and injured
five others during their offensive against militants in the Nawagai
sub-division of Bajaur Agency. Official sources said that the
SFs targeted positions militants with artillery in the Charmang
area of Nawagai. They said that the slain militant commanders
belonged to Ambar sub-division of Mohmand Agency.
A girl was killed when a mortar shell hit a house
in the Ghongat Johar area of Safi sub-division in Mohmand Agency.
Security Forces continued demolition of houses
owned by militants or their supporters in the Bara sub-division
of Khyber Agency on the third day of the military operation. 13
houses were destroyed with the help of explosives and heavy machinery
in different parts of Bara, including Shlobar, Malikdinkhel, Kamarkhel
and Sipah. 18 tribesmen described as suspects were arrested during
the operation. The houses of Said Rasan, Habib Shakir and Imtiaz,
all reportedly affiliated to the outlawed Lashkar-e-Islam, were
destroyed in Kamarkhel area as the troops resumed action around
10 am. The house of LeI chief Mangal Bagh was reportedly demolished
in the Sipah area. His house was earlier destroyed in the military
operation conducted in June 2008.
SFs claimed to have killed two militants in the
Ambar area while one Mohmand Rifles trooper was killed and two
others sustained injuries during a search operation in the Baizai
sub-division of Mohmand Agency. Sources said the SFs exchanged
fire with the militants for about three hours in Ambar area early
in the day, killing two militants. There were reports that military
helicopters bombarded and destroyed suspected hideouts of the
militants in Atam Killay, Lakhkar Killay and Tani area in Baizai
near the Afghanistan border.
Two persons, identified as Namdar Khan and Beldar
Khan, were killed when an explosive device planted near their
house in Ambar area went off.
During a search operation in Tani area, a Constable
of the Mohmand Rifles, Shahab, was killed while two troopers,
Ashiq Afridi and Mansoor Khan, sustained injuries. About 15 suspected
militants were also arrested from the Tani area.
Five terrorists were killed and 24 others were
arrested during a clash with the Security Forces in the Bara sub-division
of Khyber Agency.
At least 43 militants were killed and several
others were injured in a military operation in Tirah valley and
Kambarkhel areas of Khyber Agency. Troops pounded LI bases in
Gogrina and Sandapal areas of Tirah valley. An LI centre - being
used as a hideout and training facility - was destroyed, and at
least 35 militants killed in that attack. The sources said that
six militants were killed in Kambarkhel area of the Bara tehsil
(revenue division), while two suspects were arrested from Shakas
area. Security sources added that 15 houses were also demolished
in Kambarkhel area of Khyber Agency's Bara tehsil.
At least 33 militants were killed when the SFs
targeted two militant centers - Tarkhokas Camp and Narai Baba
Markaz - on the sixth day of the counter-insurgency operation
Operation Bia Daghalam in Khyber Agency. "Security forces
... targeted Tarkhokas Camp [and] Narai Baba Markaz… Both centres
and six vehicles ... [were] destroyed. Thirty-three militants
... [were] killed," said the FC in a statement. AFP quoted FC
spokesman Major Fazl Rehman as saying that helicopter gunships
and fighter jets strafed the militant boltholes, with the strikes
targeting the Lashkar-e-Islam outfit.
A militant was killed and nine others arrested
and two hideouts destroyed in the Bara revenue unit of Khyber
Agency. Security officials said that houses and centers had also
been destroyed in Narahaybaba and Darkho areas. Further, two abducted
persons were rescued from Jamrud tehsil of the agency.
Helicopter gunships destroyed Lashkar-e-Islam
hideouts in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. Troops also destroyed
militant hideouts in Sipah and Shalobar areas of Bara sub-division.
Thousands of civilians are reportedly fleeing the latest military
operation against militants in the Khyber Agency.
SFs killed 10 militants in the remote Tirah valley
of Khyber Agency on the seventh day of Operation Bia Daraghlam.
Security officials said that 12 houses being used by militants
had been destroyed in the Akakhel, Shalobar, Malikdin Khel and
Sipah areas of Bara sub-division, while a militant stronghold
and five hideouts were destroyed in Tirah valley.
A missile fired by a US drone hit a house and
a madrassa (seminary), killing at least five persons and
wounding six others in North Waziristan. "The strike targetted
a madrassa and an adjoining house in Machikhel village in North
Waziristan," a security official said.
A large number of civilians have fled fresh military
bombardment against militants in Khyber Agency. "Thousands have
fled the military operation in Khyber. Around 30,000 people have
arrived in Peshawar since yesterday," said Sahibzada Mohammad
Anis, administrative chief in Peshawar. Khyber local administration
chief Tariq Hayat also told AFP that as many as 30,000 civilians
had left when a curfew was relaxed on September 6.
Five soldiers were killed when a remote-controlled
bomb exploded in South Waziristan, a day after troops killed 33
Taliban militants as part of a weeklong campaign in the Khyber
Pass. The blast struck a routine military patrol en route to Wana
from Tayarzai. "The patrol was sent ahead of a military convoy
to check the security on the road and a bomb planted by the Taliban
went off and killed five soldiers," an intelligence official said.
24 militants were killed and their hideouts destroyed
in the counter-insurgency Operation Bia Daraghlam at Bara
tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency. "Security forces
killed at least 24 militants and destroyed two militant headquarters
and two hideouts," said a statement by the Frontier Corps.
Four SF personnel were injured in a remote-controlled
blast in Bara Bazaar.
Tribal elders from Bara were asked to hand over
68 hardcore militants - including the Lashkar-e-Islam chief -
and act in line with Government directives if they want to see
an end to the operation in the area, said Khyber Agency Political
Agent Tariq Hayat.
Seven people - including four children who were
on their way to school - were killed when unidentified militants
tried to abduct the schoolchildren in the Lower Orakzai area.
In the Orakzai Agency, six militants were killed
and four hideouts destroyed in air strikes at a village east of
A US missile strike from a drone killed at least
10 Taliban militants in North Waziristan. "The strike targeted
a Taliban compound in Dargamandi village of North Waziristan,
killing 10 militants," a senior security official said. Another
official confirmed the casualties, and said a US drone fired two
missiles at the compound. He said it was not immediately clear
whether any "high-value targets" were present in the area at the
time. It was reportedly the second US missile strike in North
Waziristan in less than 24 hours.
Unidentified gunmen killed Qari Iqbal, chief of
the TTP in the Khar area and a close aide of Maulvi Faqir.
Three suspected Taliban militants were killed
after they attacked a Police vehicle on patrol at unspecified
place in the FATA. Police also seized six grenades, a Kalashinkov,
a gun and a pistol.
SFs conducted a search operation in the Nawaga
Bazaar of Bajaur Agency and arrested a local Taliban 'commander'
along with five accomplices. A wanted Taliban militant, identified
as Kalam Khan, also surrendered in Khar.
In Khyber Agency, the SFs arrested 25 militants
and destroyed two hideouts in Bara. According to the Frontier
Corps Media Cell, troops also destroyed three houses owned by
the militants. Official sources confirmed that the Army had handed
over control of Bara to the Frontier Corps.
A tribal elder, identified as Malik Amanullah
Khan Wazir, was killed and two others injured in a remote-controlled
bomb blast in South Waziristan.
Unidentified militants fired three missiles at
the Jandola Scouts Fort in South Waziristan, killing two officials
and injuring four others. The missiles, fired from the nearby
mountains, landed inside the fort, official sources said, but
did not disclose the identity of the officers killed or injured
in the attack.
Troops arrested 33 suspects and demolished the
houses of three wanted militants at Lakaro tehsil (revenue
unit) of Mohmand Agency. Official sources said the SFs arrested
the suspects during a search and cordon operation at Sandokhel,
Karar, Habibzai and Mulakhel, and shifted them to an undisclosed
location for interrogation. They also demolished the houses of
Payanda Khel, Abdul Bagi and Wali Muhammad.
The Haleemzai tribe announced their full support
to the Government and the SFs in their efforts to eliminate terrorism
and extremism from the country.
Police defused two bombs in a primary school in
the Malik Ashraf Killi area in Khyber Agency.
The SFs, backed by helicopter gunships, killed
at least 22 terrorists in the Tirah and Sandapal areas of Khyber
Agency during the ongoing operation against Taliban-linked militants.
Official sources said 12 vehicles and three Taliban hideouts were
also destroyed in the operation. The SFs continued to enforce
curfew in Bara for the eleventh consecutive day and continued
targeting hideouts of the Lashkar-e-Islam in various parts of
Unidentified militants shot dead three Shinwari
tribesmen on the main road in Landikotal. Two of the deceased
were brothers, identified as Arshad and Jamshed Shinwari. One
of them was the son-in-law of former senator Hafiz Abdul Malik,
who is a brother of Zakat and Usher Minister Noorul Haq Qadri.
The three men were driving from Torkham to Peshawar when they
were attacked near Khyber Takya.
Three troopers were killed and two others wounded
and three vehicles destroyed, when a bomb blast targeting a security
convoy was triggered in Mandi Kas area of Khyber Agency. The roadside
blast also injured two SF personnel and destroyed three vehicles.
The SFs cordoned off the area following the attack and at least
three people were killed when troops pounded the area.
Political authorities of the Khyber Agency dismissed
215 more Khasadars (tribal Police) as six people - including three
Security Force personnel - were killed and five others injured
in an ongoing military operation in Bara tehsil (revenue
unit). A statement said that another 215 Khasadars had been "relieved
of their duties … as they did not report to duty following Mangal
Bagh's threats". Khyber Political Agent Tariq Hayat Khan said
that new inductions to the force were being made.
South Waziristan Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah
blocked the salaries of 4,000 Khasadars (tribal Police) from Mehsud
tribes, for negligence in duty in FATA. However, Khasadars said
they were on duty in the agency. They said political administration
officials were hundreds of kilometres away and had no apparatus
to check if "we are on duty or not".
Eight militants and a solider were killed during
fighting in the Kamarkhel area of Bara in the Khyber Agency. The
Security Forces cleared the area after intense fighting in Naraikarawal
village, where militants were holed up in a house. The militants
and soldier were killed in a gun battle, said the officials. A
militant 'commander' was also killed in the gun battle.
A US drone fired a missile targeting a car in
the Mir Ali revenue unit of North Waziristan Agency, killing four
persons and injuring one. The missile hit the car around 5am (PST)
when it was passing through Khushali Turikhel village - 30 kilometres
east of the Agency headquarters Miranshah. According to unconfirmed
report, there were two foreign nationals among the dead.
The militants killed an Afghan national at Dattakhel
in North Waziristan Agency on charges of "spying" for the US.
A Taliban militant was killed and two others injured
in a military offensive at Bajaur Agency. Sources said the Taliban
militant was killed in fighting that followed an attack on a security
post in the Loyesam area.
The troops destroyed six Taliban hideouts in the
Charmag area of Nawagai tehsil (revenue unit) and confiscated
a huge cache of arms. The SFs also targeted Taliban hideouts in
the Matak and Kamangarah areas of Nawagai.
At least five Taliban militants were killed and
four others wounded in air strikes on hideouts at Bajaur Agency,
which also destroyed an illegal FM radio station and bunkers.
The strikes were carried out in Darra, Chinar and Jirga areas.
Helicopter gunships and long-range artillery were used in the
offensive that targeted underground Taliban facilities, said officials.
Two Taliban militants were killed and one injured
in clashes with SFs in Charmang area of Nawagai tehsil
(revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency. Official sources said two soldiers
were also injured in the clashes, which ensued after a Taliban
attack on a security post in Charmang. Troops also launched an
operation to track Taliban militants in Charmang and the political
administration has set up special check posts in the area to protect
Pakistani officials said an al Qaeda 'operations
chief' in Pakistan and an Uzbek commander were believed to be
killed in the US missile strikes in North Waziristan in early
September 2009. The 'operations chief' was identified as Ilyas
Kashmiri and the Uzbek militant as Nazimuddin alias Yahyo.
Troops demolished the houses of a Taliban militant,
Zafar Iqbal Afridi, and his brothers at Sultan Khel in Khyber
Agency, after cordoning off the quarters early in the morning.
The political administration had already served a notice on Afridi's
father, warning him that stern action would be taken against the
family if he did not surrender his son to the troops. The father,
Janas Khan Afridi, said that troops cordoned off all of the family's
houses in the morning, although they cut off all ties with Iqbal
more than two years ago.
Troops killed 13 militants during an operation
in Khyber Agency's Tirah valley and Dabori area of the Orakzai
Agency. SFs also destroyed four vehicles and two militant hideouts
during operations in the Dabori and Sandapal areas of Orakzai
Two persons, including one militant, were killed
during an encounter between the SFs and Lashkar-e-Islam militants
in the Sur Dhand area of Bara sub-division in Khyber Agency. "A
civilian, identified as Hashim Ali, and a militant were killed
in the crossfire between the SFs and the militants," a local resident
At least 26 suspected militants were killed and
several others injured when gunship helicopters targeted militant
hideouts in the Spina Tigha and Makeen areas of South Waziristan.
Eight suspected militants were killed in clashes
with the SFs in the Razmak area of North Waziristan. Sources said
a security check post in Upper and Lower Kofar in North Waziristan
came under attack by some 600 militants. In the ensuing clashes,
eight suspected militants were shot dead.
A person, identified as Saddam Hussain, was killed
when an artillery shell fired by the SFs hit his house in the
Musakhel area in Khwezai Baizai subdivision of Mohmand Agency.
Unidentified militants planted a remote-controlled
bomb at Landikotal bazaar in Khyber Agency. The bomb was fitted
near a bakery in Haji Khan Building in Landikotal bazaar, sources
said, adding however that it only caused minor damage to the building.
Official sources said Khalid Khan, a resident of Swat, sustained
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on premises allegedly operated by an Afghan radical killed 10 suspected
Taliban militants in North Waziristan. "Ten dead bodies were recovered
from the debris of the house and two Taliban were wounded in the
attack," said an unnamed security official. "The target was a compound
of Haqqani's men. According to our reports all of the dead belong
to the Haqqani network," the official said. The area is considered
a stronghold for the Taliban and Afghan former Soviet resistance
commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, around five kilometres northwest of
Miranshah. The building acted as an office where Taliban militants
would come to receive orders and rest between bouts of fighting
across the border in Afghanistan, local residents and intelligence
Troops killed 10 Taliban militants in the Nawaz
Kot locality of Razmak area in North Waziristan Agency. Official
sources said that Taliban militants fired 12 missiles on Razmak
Army Camp, but no casualties to SFs were reported. SFs retaliated,
killing 10 Taliban militants and injuring several others.
A volunteer of a tribal Lashkar (militia) was
injured when Taliban militants opened fire on the group in the
Pusht area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency.
SFs foiled a bid to smuggle arms and ammunition
from Afghanistan. The weapons were being smuggled on mules from
the Afghan province of Kunar via the Khagga Pass when the SFs
raided the traffickers at Suprai.
At least 12 Taliban militants were killed in a
clash with SFs at Razmak in North Waziristan. The clash occurred
after Taliban militants fired rockets at the Shawaal Rifles Camp
- 75 kilometres from Miranshah - killing two troopers and injuring
five others. Official sources said at least "110 missiles have
been fired at the army camp over the last 24 hours."
Six Taliban militants were killed and nine others
injured when helicopter gun ships targeted hideouts at Upper Orakzai
in FATA. Officials said the strikes - which targeted the Ghalju,
Mulla Pati and Khadezai areas - destroyed three Taliban hideouts.
Local Taliban militants abducted four Levies Force
personnel, and killed one of them.
The political authorities rescued a leading businessmen
and the owner of Daud Armoury, Hakimullah Daud, and arrested two
abductors. Hakim was abducted from Peshawar in NWFP in March 2009.
Two suspected US drone attacks killed nine Taliban
militants, while seven other militants were killed in air strikes
and military action in different parts of Waziristan. The first
drone attack targeted the house of local Taliban 'commander' Ifran
Mehsud in Sararogha, a village northwest of Wana in South Waziristan.
"A missile from a US drone fired on the compound of Irfan Mehsud
killed five militants and injured six," said a security official
in the area. He did not know if Irfan was among the dead. The
security official said the spy plane unloaded two missiles on
the compound, adding that reports suggested three of the dead
could be Uzbeks. Another drone attack at Danday Darpa Khel - four
kilometres north of Miranshah in North Waziristan - killed four
Afghan militants and injured two others. The targeted house belonged
to Emarati, an Afghan national, and the Afghan militants killed
in the missile attack were said to be from the Jalaluddin Haqqani
The Pakistan Air Force jet fighters bombed Taliban
bunkers in Kotkai, killing three militants. The military also
targeted the Makeen area with long-range artillery, destroying
three hideouts and killing four militants. "We are finalising
arrangements for the launch of Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path of
Salvation) against the TTP in South Waziristan," said officials.
There are more than 10,000 Taliban militants present
in Waziristan, including Uzbeks and other foreign militants, a
private television channel quoted the Inter-Services Public Relations
Director General Major General Athar Abbas as saying. Abbas said
the military operation was not aimed against any specific tribe
or region but was launched to wipe out terrorist networks such
as the TTP, and other coalitions of local and foreign Taliban
in the Tribal Areas.
Five militants were killed during a clash between
two rival groups of the Lashkar-e-Islam outfit in the remote Tirah
valley of Khyber Agency.
Two US drones fired one missile each at two vehicles
Norat village - 20 kilometers east of Miranshah - on Miranshah-Bannu
Road in North Waziristan, killing five Taliban militants and injuring
six others. Both vehicles and a house nearby were completely destroyed
in the strike. "It is not clear if there was any high-value target,"
said a security official.
Troops killed 27 alleged militants in the Khyber
Agency. According to sources in the Frontier Corps, attack helicopters
shelled militant training centres in the Tirah valley of Bara
District, killing 27 militants including two key commanders Ghulam
Nabi and Farooq Swati. Two hideouts, three caves and 19 vehicles
belonging to the militants were also destroyed during the operation.
Two remote-controlled bombs exploded at Umri and
Siddiqabad under Khar tehsil (revenue unit) in the Bajaur Agency.
12 suspected Taliban militants were arrested by SFs during a subsequent
search operation in the area.
SFs continued the assault on Taliban militants
in the Doda, Matak and Charmang areas of Nawagai sub-division
and destroyed several Taliban hideouts.
A senior Afghan Taliban commander has confirmed
that Uzbek militant commander Qari Tahir Yuldashev was killed
in the US drone attack during the last week of August 2009 in
South Waziristan. "Its true he is dead. Unfortunately he was staying
at the same house which was struck by the drone in South Waziristan
in August," the Taliban commander acknowledged when contacted
by phone. Though he did not mention the village where Tahir Yuldashev
was killed, he said the incident happened during the last week
of August in South Waziristan. Other militant sources, however,
said the Uzbek commander died at Kaniguram in South Waziristan,
a place considered relatively safe for Taliban militants. The
Taliban commander said Tahir moved to the adjoining South Waziristan
after frequent US drone attacks in Mirali in North Waziristan
in which his men suffered heavy losses. He lived in Ladha and
Makeen in South Waziristan for sometime but then moved to another
town when US Predator planes started focusing on known strongholds
of the Taliban there.
Military authorities assured a jirga (council
of elders) of Ahmedzai Wazirs in Wana that a peace accord reached
with the Mulla Nazir group in South Waziristan in 2007 remained
intact. The assurance was reportedly given by Major General Sajjad
Wazir and other military officers. The jirga was attended by about
120 elders of the tribe, including Malak Bismillah, Ajmal and
Malak Noor Khan. The jirga assured cooperation to security forces
and said there would be no attack on security personnel and government
installations in the Wana subdivision. The jirga backed by Mulla
Nazir had held a meeting with the administration on October 3
and offered its support for establishing the Government's writ
in the region.
Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said
an operation against the Baitullah Mehsud group had already started
and its training centres had been pounded by aircraft and artillery.
He said various roads leading to South Waziristan had been closed
but no decision had been taken about a ground operation.
Five militants were killed when helicopter gunships
targeted their hideouts on the Gurguri hilltop in the Bara sub-division
of Khyber Agency. The helicopters shelled the hideouts for over
two hours after militants attacked the Fort Saloop, eight kilometres
west of Bara bazaar. Three soldiers were injured when rockets
hit the fort, officials said. However, local people said five
troopers had been injured.
Fighter jets bombed TTP Pakistan strongholds of
Makeen and Nawazkot in South Waziristan - killing six militants
and injuring three others. Military sources said the strikes came
a day after TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud vowed to launch attacks
against the SFs in the country. "The air strikes are part of a
major offensive being planned against the terror network," sources
told. According to sources in Wana, the TTP holds considerable
sway in both Makeen and Nawazkot, and the group has established
its command-and-control structure there. Locals said SFs were
amassing around Mehsud areas in South Waziristan, and the imminent
operation would involve large-scale bombings.
Troops killed six militants and injured two others
in a clash in the Razmak area of North Waziristan. According to
official sources, the clash occurred when troops retaliated after
the militants had attacked a military base and fired 11 rockets.
An unnamed official said that the exchange of fire continued for
about two hours. He claimed that militants had taken away bodies
of the assailants who had been killed. The claim, however, could
not be verified from independent sources.
Four militants were killed in an exchange of fire
with troops in the Shawal area of North Waziristan. The clash
took place after a vehicle in an army convoy going from Daber
Pepli camp to its base in Mana hit a bomb placed on the road and
one soldier was injured. Troops pursued the militants and subsequently
killed four of them.
Reports from Laddah stated that five militants
were killed and several others injured when troops mounted a ground
and air assault on suspected positions of the Taliban in South
Waziristan. Sources said that three militants were killed in the
Kalkala area and two in Shawal. An unnamed official source said
that militants fired 10 missiles from Makeen at the Razmak fort
and Scouts fort in Jandola. Helicopter gunships are reported to
have shelled Taliban positions in Speenkai Raghzai.
Security Forces have started bombing Taliban positions
in South Waziristan as the army prepares for a ground operation
in the agency, Financial Times has reported. "We have sealed the
area and are involved in aerial targeting [of Taliban locations],"
military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told. Abbas did not
disclose when the army would begin the ground campaign, but an
unnamed minister was quoted as saying that the preparations were
complete. He said the military needed to act before the winter
snow started to fall in November.
A soldier was killed and two others sustained
injuries when a remote-controlled blast targeted a security vehicle
in the Baicheena area of Khar sub-division in Bajaur Agency. The
vehicle was en route to Inayat Killay when the device exploded.
Security Forces cordoned off the area following the attack, and
the political authorities arrested 41 people under the Collective
Responsibility Clause of the FCR.
Troops defused two bombs in the Mamoond sub-division
of Bajaur Agency. Members of Lashkar (militia) also defused a
bomb in Salarzai sub-division. Separately, the troops arrested
12 Taliban militants from Khar and also sealed shops selling chemical
At least four Taliban and three soldiers were
killed in operations across the FATA. Four Taliban militants,
including a key commander, were killed in the Laghari area of
Mamoond tehsil (revenue unit) in the Bajaur Agency. SFs neutralised
four Taliban hideouts, sources said, adding that a Security official
was also killed and two others injured during the attack.
The militants fired 34 rockets at a SFs checkpost
in the Razmak area of North Waziristan Agency, killing two soldiers.
21 militants were killed and eight others sustained
injuries when fighter planes targeted their positions in different
areas of Ladha and Makeen sub-divisions in South Waziristan Agency.
Tribal sources said two fighter planes started bombing Ladha Sarai,
Patowelai, Tangi, Bodinzai, Makeen, Bandkhel and other areas in
the afternoon. They said that 21 militants were killed and eight
others injured while five hideouts were destroyed in the air strikes.
Political Agent of South Waziristan, Syed Shahab
Ali Shah, confirmed that the Pakistan Air Force jets bombed different
areas of Ladha and Makeen sub-divisions. He said that it was not
a full-scale operation but a limited action to hit specific targets
in the agency. "The air strike was imperative after the rocket
attack on the Army camp in Razmak by the militants," he said,
adding that arrangements had been finalised for a major operation,
which would be launched after a final decision by the relevant
quarters. He also said that many families had fled the agency
due to the imminent military operation and shifted to safer places,
but still a large number of people were present there. He said
that tented villages would be established for displaced persons
in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan, adding that places had been identified
for the purpose.
15 Taliban militants were killed
and 16 others sustained injuries after SFs launched Operation
Sherdil in the Mamoond and Salarzai sub-divisions of Bajaur
Jets bombed Taliban positions
in South Waziristan, killing six Taliban militants. SFs said that
three Taliban hideouts were destroyed in the Bajaur raids. The
AP news agency reported that fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban
26 militants surrendered to the
authorities in the Laghari area of Mamoond in Bajaur Agency.
Six Taliban militants were killed
when fighter jets targeted the group’s positions in South Waziristan,
said officials, even as jets and helicopter gunships bombed Taliban
hideouts and ground forces fired heavy artillery in Bajaur Agency,
killing 26 Taliban militants and injuring dozens of others. Fighter
jets are reported to have launched another round of air-strikes
in South Waziristan, destroying around 15 houses in Makeen, Ladha
and Barwand, said a local intelligence official. The military
said in a statement that "Taliban fired 31 rockets"
at a security convoy in South Waziristan, injuring two soldiers.
Abdul Malik, a local Government official, said the military strikes
in Bajaur Agency took place in the Damadola and Sawai areas.
19 persons, including some militants
and eight persons of a family, were killed and eight others sustained
injuries when fighter planes targeted different areas of South
Waziristan Agency. Four hideouts of the militants were also destroyed
in the air strikes, tribal sources said. Fighter planes are reported
to have bombed the Maidan, Tangi, Bodinzai, Kacha Langarkhel,
Sam, Ragh, and Salay Rogha areas in Ladha sub-division. At least
11 persons, including militants, were killed and seven others
injured in the bombing. The sources added that a training centre
of the militants, the house of a Taliban ‘commander’ and a hideout
were destroyed in the Sam, Ragh and Salay Rogha areas, respectively,
in air attacks. They said several houses were also damaged in
the intense bombing by the Pakistan Air Force jets in Salay Rogha.
Tribal sources said two fighter
jets fired at a house of an 80-year-old tribal elder Malik Nekam
Khan in the Spinkai area of Sarwakai Tehsil (revenue unit) at
3:00 pm, killing eight members of his family on the spot and injuring
seven others. Some of the dead were identified as Faqir Khan Mahsud,
Shama Gul Mahsud, three women and as many children. The head of
the family, Malik Nekam Khan, also sustained critical injuries.
Military planes bombed suspected
militant positions in the Laddah, Nawazkot, Khaisora, Saam, Sararogha
and Tiarza areas of South Waziristan, killing at least 32 militants
and non-combatants. 12 people were reportedly killed and seven
others injured in the Kanigram and Karama areas of Laddah sub-division
and nine in Nawazkot area adjacent to North Waziristan. Five people
were killed when their car was hit in Maulvi Khan Sarai and six
people died and five wounded in Tiarza. Officials said that three
SF personnel were injured when a military base in Jandola came
under a rocket attack.
While the Government is yet to
formally launch a military operation in South Waziristan, the
Pakistan Air Force has reportedly intensified attacks in the region.
Over the past five days, more than 60 militants and non-combatants
have been killed. "We are targeting militant hideouts with
jetfighters and helicopter gunships in the first phase of an operation
in South Waziristan," said Secretary Law and Order FATA,
Tariq Hayat. "There are some 1,500 foreign militants including
Uzbeks, Chechens, Arabs and Sudanese in South Waziristan,"
he added. Residents said jets carried out repeated sorties in
Four Afghan Taliban militants
were killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan. The slain
men reportedly belonged to the Ghaznavi group of the Jalaluddin
Haqqani network of the Taliban in Afghanistan "Three missiles
were fired by the drone in Dandi Darphakhel area and killed four
Afghan Taliban from the Haqqani network," officials told.
The strike occurred in the backdrop of the army’s preparations
for an operation against the TTP in neighbouring South Waziristan
The North Waziristan Political
Agent Mathar Zeb announced an indefinite curfew in the Miranshah,
Mir Ali and Dosali areas.
Four militants were killed as
the Security Forces targeted militant hideouts in the Utmankhel
area of Orakzai Agency. Tribal and official sources said the jetfighters
targeted the hideouts and compounds of the militants in Utmankhel
area, killing four militants and targeting three compounds.
12 Taliban militants were killed
during the third day of bombings in South Waziristan while 18
others were injured. Six terrorist hideouts were destroyed and
several houses damaged.
Helicopter gunships killed 10
Taliban militants during raids on suspected terrorist bases in
In Bajaur, three more terrorists
were killed and two injured during a clash between Security Forces
and the Taliban in the Salarzai area, local sources said.
A security official said suspected
Taliban militants had launched a rocket attack at a military camp
in the Shakai area of South Waziristan, killing three soldiers
and wounding four.
The Pakistan Army launched Operation
Rah-e-Nijat (Path of Salvation), combating the Hakeemullah
Mehsud-led TTP killing 30 Taliban militants in air strikes targeting
the Kotkai, Makeen and Ladah regions in South Waziristan of FATA
on three different fronts. Four soldiers had also been killed
and 12 others wounded on the first day of the offensives. "The
ground offensive has started," military spokesman Major General
Athar Abbas said. "The headquarters of the defunct TTP will
be surgically targeted to dismantle the network of the terror
outfit," the APP news agency quoted him as stating
on a radio programme. He said intelligence reports had revealed
around 80 percent of the terrorist attacks in the country originated
from South Waziristan, adding about 1,500 foreign terrorists were
believed to be hiding in the area in addition to the locals. Meanwhile,
the Government imposed a curfew in the region, shutting down all
link roads to and from Waziristan and jamming the mobile and telecommunication
systems in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat and Bannu Districts.
Official sources said the military was converging on Taliban strongholds
from three directions — Jandola in the east, Shakai in the west
and Razmak in the north. They said initial reports had revealed
the Taliban were putting up "stiff resistance" to the
army’s advances. The local population of the conflict-stricken
areas has moved to safer places, with the UN predicting around
250,000 people fled their homes in anticipation of the operation.
Authorities have set up registration camps for these IDPs in Tank
and Dera Ismail Khan. Sources in the FATA Secretariat said 12,800
families had already been registered in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank,
adding, preparations were underway to accommodate more in the
12 Taliban militants were killed
and two injured in clashes between the SFs and Taliban in the
Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies. Political administration officials
said that three militants were killed in the Salarzai tehsil
(revenue division) of Bajaur Agency, adding two others were
injured. The SFs also arrested four Taliban militants at Khar,
headquarters of Bajaur, while 16 Taliban militants surrendered
to the SFs in the Mamoond tehsil. Official sources said
the SFs continued the military operations in the Warr Mamoond
and Salarzai tehsils to restore the Government’s writ in
these areas, adding, Taliban hideouts were being shelled with
A spokesman for the Frontier Corps
Media Cell said that SFs killed nine Taliban militants, including
seven foreigners, in an overnight operation in Agra Post of Mohmand
Agency. He said one soldier was martyred in the fighting.
Three soldiers were killed and
six injured after two separate remote controlled bombings targeted
SFs convoys in Waziristan. Sources said a security convoy travelling
to South Waziristan from the Razmak subdivision of North Waziristan
was targeted two kilometres from the army camp. They said two
soldiers were killed and four others injured in the bombing, which
also destroyed the vehicle. Separately, a security official said
that one soldier had been killed and two others wounded in a bombing
in Jandola town of South Waziristan.
The Army claimed killing 60 militants
and losing five soldiers with 11 others sustaining injuries in
the past 24 hours as Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path of Salvation)
launched in South Waziristan Agency entered the second day. In
its advance towards the Taliban stronghold of Makeen, the SFs
clashed with militants, killing 30 of them in the Jandola, Kotkai
and Srarogha areas, said a statement of the ISPR. It said two
soldiers died and four others sustained injuries in these clashes.
The Mandana, Kund and Tarakai areas were secured from this side,
added the statement. The operation progressed seven kilometres
north of Shakai from the second direction where the SFs had captured
areas like Boya Narai and Wozi Sar from the militants, said the
ISPR, which also claimed that 20 militants and a soldier were
killed while three soldiers were wounded in the same area. Securing
some key heights around and south of Razmak, the Army said the
advancing SFs killed 10 militants and lost two soldiers with four
In their first reaction since
the launch of the ground offensive by the Army, the Taliban rejected
the casualty toll mentioned by the ISPR and said only one of their
men was killed and three injured in an air raid in the Makeen
area. Calling media offices from an undisclosed location, Taliban
spokesman Azam Tariq claimed the militants had inflicted "heavy
casualties" on the troops and pushed them back from their
strongholds. There was, however, no independent confirmation of
the claims made by both the sides as mobile phones had not been
working in Tank, Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu since the launch of
the operations on October 16-night while communication lines were
out of order in North and South Waziristan.
Reports suggested that the SFs
started advancing from three directions. However, Taliban spokesman
Azam Tariq claimed it was from four directions. He said the Taliban
attacked and inflicted casualties on the troops in Kund and Kalkala
during their advance towards Spinkai Raghzai. The troops were
also targeted near Razmak, Faridullah Mela in Shakai, Zawar Mela
and Khaisoor, claimed the Taliban spokesman. "We are determined
to fight back as this war has been imposed on us," he added.
More than 100,000 people have
fled South Waziristan after the military operation was launched,
officials said. "Around 100,000 people have been displaced.
They are settling in neighbouring Tank and Dera Ismail Khan districts,"
Colonel Waseem Shahid from an army support group said. "Some
80,000 people had already left Waziristan before the operation.
More people are coming out. In the last two days about 1,500 families
or you can say some 22,000 people have left the area," he
added. Officials said the number could rise to 200,000 with more
families expected to leave in the coming days, despite an indefinite
curfew slapped on parts of South Waziristan, home to a population
of 600,000. A spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Pakistan confirmed
that authorities had registered more than 100,000 displaced people.
"Over the last five days, 3,065 families (around 21,000 people)
registered... before this latest influx there had been about 80,500
people or 11,000 families," Ariane Rummery said.
Eighteen Taliban militants and
two soldiers were killed and 12 soldiers were injured in the last
24 hours in South Waziristan, the ISPR Director General, Major
General Athar Abbas, said. He told journalists at a press conference
that the SFs were advancing from three fronts: on the Jandola–Sararogha
axis, on the Shakai-Ladha axis and from the south and southwest
of Razmak. He said the SFs had surrounded Kotkai, the hometown
of Qari Hussain – reportedly the "mentor of suicide bombers"
- and secured Tor Ghundai (east of Kotkai) and Shishwarm (northeast
of Kotkai). He said the SFs were consolidating positions after
securing Sherwangi despite stiff resistance from the Taliban.
Abbas said the troops were also consolidating their positions
in the south and southwest of Razmak despite rocket fire from
12 members of a displaced family
were killed when a bomb hit them in South Waziristan. The dead
included women and children. According to sources, the family
was fleeing the army operation against militants in Hendi Zawar
area. Unconfirmed reports suggested that they were hit by a shell
fired from a jet plane. Some displaced people who had managed
to reach Razmak area of North Waziristan said the family belonged
to the Shabikhel tribe.
Thousands of people are reportedly
stranded in various areas of South Waziristan because of a closure
of roads by the SFs and non-availability of transport. They are
also facing a severe shortage of food and medicines.
14 militants were killed and several
others sustained injuries when jet fighters targeted militant
hideouts in the Yakkaghund and Baizai subdivisions of Mohmand
Agency. Official sources said fighter planes of the Pakistan Air
Force targeted the militant hideouts in Karair, Koz Chinari, Shamshah,
Spinki Tangi and Badmanai areas of the Yakkaghund subdivision
and the Dawezai area of Baizai. They said the bombing killed 14
militants and many others wounded. Several militant hideouts were
also destroyed in the air strikes, the sources added.
Three children were killed in
the Dawezai area of Baizai sub-division when some bombs missed
the target and hit the civilian area.
Six Taliban militants were killed
and three others injured during operations by the SFs in the Salarzai
and Mamoond sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency.
A suspected Taliban militant was
killed while attempting to build a bomb in the Mandal area of
Bajaur Agency. The explosion killed the militant and also injured
some members of his family.
The SFs claimed to have recovered
an unspecified quantity of heavy artillery, including anti-aircraft
guns, from Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
The army killed 20 militants on
the fourth day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the TTP
in South Waziristan, the military said, as troops intensified
the battle for the control of Kotkai. The TTP claimed they killed
seven soldiers in an attack, but the army said only four soldiers
had been killed in the assault on positions around Kotkai – the
hometown of TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud and trainer of suicide
bombers Qari Hussain. The Taliban casualties have taken the death
toll to 91 since the launch of the operation on October 16. "We
are consolidating our positions around Kotkai, and control of
this town will pave the way for deeper advances towards Makeen
and other strongholds of the Taliban," said military officials.
They said troops battling their way into Kotkai were facing resistance
from the Taliban. "Fierce fighting going with the Taliban
is in progress... we have to take full control of the town before
we move deeper into Taliban territory," said the officials.
An ISPR statement said that the
SFs were consolidating their positions on Jandola, and extending
a security perimeter around Kaskai and Shisanwam. It said Taliban
militants from surrounding heights were engaging the SFs with
rockets and small arms. The army said important heights surrounding
Sherwangi had also been secured, and "Taliban are abandoning
their positions". Troops also seized arms and ammunition
during the course of the operation’s fourth day. Long-range artillery,
helicopter gunships and jet fighters are backing ground troops
in the operation, fleeing residents told reporters in Tank and
Dera Ismail Khan.
The Taliban warned Mehsud elders
against support to the military. "We call on Mehsud leaders
not to support or speak in favour of the government. If any Mehsud
tribesman collaborates with the government or speaks in their
favour, stern action will be taken against them," said Taliban
spokesman Azam Tariq.
A report from Dera Ismail Khan
stated that the Pakistan Army has struck deals to keep two powerful
tribal chiefs — Mulla Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadur — from joining
the battle against the Government, officials told. Under the terms
agreed to about three weeks ago, Mulla Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadur
will stay out of the current fight in parts of South Waziristan.
They will also allow the army to move through their own lands
unimpeded, giving the military additional fronts from which to
attack the Taliban. In exchange, the army will ease patrols and
bombings in the lands controlled by the two warlords, two Pakistani
intelligence officials based in the region told.
SFs killed three militants and
arrested two others during the ongoing operation in the Bara sub-division
of Khyber Agency, the Frontier Corps’ media cell said. During
the operation in Dora, Gurgray and Landay Killay, two militants,
identified as Najeeb and Shan, were killed. Separately, in Miliward,
the SFs arrested two militants and impounded a vehicle along with
a large cache of arms.
Two of the six recruits of the
Frontier Corps (FC) abducted by unidentified gunmen were shot
dead by the captors and their bodies dumped in the Yakh Kandao
area of Orakzai Agency. Tribal sources told that unknown armed
men attacked the houses of six FC recruits, Muhammad Yaseen, Muhammad
Hafiz, Muhammad Irshad, Muhammad Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf and Umar
Islam, and dragged them out of their homes in the Shamsuddin area.
They said the kidnappers then bundled them into their vehicles
and fled. The kidnapped recruits, who belonged to Aakhel tribe,
had recently come home after completing their training when they
were abducted. The Orakzai Agency unit of the TTP had earlier
issued threats to the tribesmen to stop joining the Security Forces
or face consequences.
Fighter jets targeted Taliban
hideouts in South Waziristan, as the army hoisted the national
flag in the Shingwari area on the fifth day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat.
An ISPR press release stated that, in the past 24 hours, 15 Taliban
militants had been killed and 10 injured after jet fighters and
long-range artillery struck Taliban positions in the Badar, Sam,
Sararogha, Nanoo, Ladah and Makeen areas. It said four soldiers,
including an officer, had also died in the same period.
The army continued its efforts
to secure Kotkai – the hometown of "suicide bomber mentor" Qari
Hussain. "Soldiers have captured the Taliban positions around
Kotkai, securing their hold over the area… We are encircling the
Kotkai village," sources in the political administration said.
12 persons, including Arab, Pakistani
and Afghan militants, were killed and several others injured in
a bomb blast in Surkot village, five kilometres east of Miranshah,
regional headquarters of North Waziristan Agency.
Tribal and Taliban sources said
four houses were destroyed in the blast caused by explosives dumped
inside the house in Surkot. They denied reports that the blast
was caused by a drone attack. Among those dead was reportedly
Al Qaeda operative Abu Musa al-Misri (an expert at preparing suicide
vehicles). However, militant sources denied the killing of any
senior Al Qaeda operative in the blast, but admitted that some
of the victims were "guests". They said a man with the same name
— Abu Musa al-Misri — has already been declared dead in two previous
drone attacks at Naurak and later at Khaisura in the Mirali subdivision
of North Waziristan. A senior Taliban commander said the dead
included Arabs, Pakistani and Afghan fighters, and some children
of Arab militants. He said the militants dumped huge explosives
inside the house and were making a bomb from explosives when they
mistakenly touched some wires that caused a huge blast. He said
four other houses located in the same vicinity were also destroyed,
causing widespread destruction.
Three militants were killed and
as many injured during a search operation in the Charmang area
of Bajaur Agency. Tribal sources said that the SFs continued search
operation against militants in Charmang valley. They said that
three militants were killed and as many injured when they challenged
the troops in the valley.
Three SF personnel and two civilians
were injured in roadside bomb blasts in different areas of the
Nawagai and Mamoond subdivisions.
12 militants surrendered to the
SFs in the Mamoond sub-division of Bajaur Agency.
SFs continued consolidating positions
in the Tor Ghundai and Gurgurai Sar areas of South Waziristan
on the sixth day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat. According to
the ISPR, 24 militants and two Army soldiers were killed and four
soldiers were wounded in different areas on the Jandola-Srarogha
and Shakai-Ladha axis. There was no comment from the Taliban about
the casualty toll. Sources said 12 of the slain militants were
foreigners. Although Army officials confirmed the killing of two
soldiers, independent sources put the death toll at four.
Displaced people arriving in Tank
and Dera Ismail Khan through different routes said Taliban positions
were being targeted with artillery, jet fighters and gunship helicopters
in Makeen, Ladha and Srarogha. They said majority of the areas
where the troops had reached and which were once considered the
strongholds of Taliban had been vacated by the civilians. The
troops, the sources said, had almost halted advance onward from
Kotkai village in a bid to secure the area before going ahead
into the mountainous and forested areas to chase the militants.
The ISPR statement said intense
fighting took place in Tor Ghundai, which resulted in the killing
of 13 militants while the rest fled into the nearby mountains.
The troops secured the Tor Ghundai village after the battle. The
statement said SFs were in the process of securing Shishamwam
where efforts were on to clear the caves. The area of Mizowam
in this sector had been secured, said the statement. The troops
captured the Gurgura Sar area on the Shakai-Ladha axis, and were
attempting to strengthen positions north of Sherwangai.
Militants are reported to have
attacked the SFs in Boay Naray, located west of Sherwangai. The
attack was repulsed and in the consequent encounter 11 of the
attackers were killed. One soldier was also killed and three others
wounded in the clash that took place, said the ISPR statement.
Security officials said the troops
started patrolling the Torwam-Sherwangai Road after seizing control
of the Torwam Bridge, which was under control of the militants
since 2007. The ISPR statement said the bridge was the key link
between Torwam and Ladha.
Militants fired six rockets on
the Razmak Army Camp, killing one soldier and injuring another.
Displaced people from South Waziristan
continued arriving in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank. Many reaching
the two cities were handed over tents and some food but the displaced
people reportedly complained about lack of help by the Government.
According to the ISPR, 7,184 families have been registered in
Tank and Dera Ismail Khan since October 13. Five registration
points have been established in the city of Dera Ismail Khan.
The Government is, however, yet to establish a camp for the displaced
Five militants were killed and
four others sustained injuries in clashes with the SFs in different
areas of Bajaur Agency. Sources said that troops returned fire
after a military convoy on patrol in the Charmang area of Nawagai
sub-division was attacked. Three militants were killed and two
others injured. One trooper also sustained injuries. Further,
two militants were killed and two others injured in a clash in
the Lowi Sam area of Khar sub-division. The clash is reported
to have erupted when militants attacked a check-post.
Helicopter gunships targeted militants’
positions in different areas of the Salarzai sub-division and
destroyed three hideouts.
In the Mamond sub-division, two
people were wounded when an explosive device placed on a road
went off in the Tarkho area. One soldier was injured by the roadside
bomb blast in the Barkhlozo area of Lowi Mamond. Two other bombs
were defused by the SFs in the same area.
A man was injured when rockets
hit his house in the Mulla Syed area of Salarzai sub-division.
The rockets which appeared to have been fired at a check-post
missed the intended target. Separately, a private hospital was
reportedly blown up in Nawagai bazaar.
14 militants are reported to have
surrendered to the SFs voluntarily in the Lowi Mamond sub-division.
The SFs claimed to have killed
three militants and demolished their seven houses and six hideouts
during operations in different areas of the Mohmand Agency. Official
sources said that the SFs continued advancing towards the remote
borderlands in Baizai subdivision. The sources said a clash took
place between the SFs and militants in the Manzari Cheena area
of Baizai sub-division. Three militants were killed and several
others injured during the clash. The troops also conducted search
operations in various parts of the Baizai and Safi sub-divisions
where seven houses and six hideouts of the militants were destroyed
and a number of suspects were arrested.
18 persons, including some women
and children, were killed and six others sustained injuries when
a bus hit a landmine in the Mohmand Agency. According to Mohmand
Rifles, the bus carrying wedding guests from Rawalpindi hit the
mine at Suran Darra Chowk, some 25 kilometres from the Mamad Gat
Frontier Corps camp. "The device was placed by militants who wanted
to hit tanks and armoured personnel carriers," official sources
said. Officials of the political administration confirmed that
18 people had been killed and six others were wounded. No group
has claimed responsibility for planting the mine, but local people
and officials believe it was the work of militants in reaction
to a search operation carried out in the area by security agencies
a few days ago. Several militants were arrested and houses of
a number of suspects were demolished during the search operation.
Fierce fighting was reported from
the Sherwangai area in South Waziristan Agency as troops started
their advance towards the militants’ strongholds on the Shakai-Ladha
axis, the seventh day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat. The Army
claimed killing 13 militants, raising the casualty toll of the
Taliban to 142 since October 17. However, the Taliban said only
three of their men were killed since the launch of the operation.
However, claims from both sides could not be confirmed.
After three days of fighting,
SFs were seen in full control of Sherwangai, its surrounding heights
and the nearby village of Chalweshtai where troops had been deployed
on the mountain peaks to avoid militants’ attacks from different
directions, sources said. Fighter jets and artillery targeted
suspected militants positions in Mashta, Ragh, Sam, Srarogha,
Penga, Ladha and Makeen areas, but there were no reports about
casualties. A statement from the ISPR said that 13 militants and
two soldiers were killed in clashes and rocket fire in and around
Kotkai, Sherwangai and Chalweshtai areas. Seven soldiers sustained
injuries in the fighting. The ISPR said one soldier and seven
militants were killed and two soldiers injured during an encounter
around Kotkai while another soldier and six Uzbek militants were
killed in the fighting around the Sherwangai area. Five more soldiers
sustained injuries. The military statement said one Vickers machine
gun, one rocket launcher, along with three rockets, two Kalashnikov
rifles, along with 300 rounds, one sniper rifle, one hand-grenade,
two walkie-talkie sets and books in Uzbek language were also recovered.
According to the ISPR, 142 militants
and 20 soldiers have been killed since October 17. 56 soldiers
suffered injuries while the troops arrested six suspected militants
during the operation. The Taliban, however, has confirmed the
killing of only three of their men in the past one week. Talking
to reporters from an undisclosed location by phone, the outlawed
TTP spokesman, Azam Tariq, said only three of their colleagues
had been killed since the launch of the military operation. He
claimed that six tribesmen had also been killed during the past
seven days. Azam Tariq also warned the media not to present one
side of the picture.
Five militants were killed when
military planes and artillery attacked their positions in the
Mulla Syed and Banda areas of Bajaur Agency. Three militants were
injured and a local Taliban leader Gul Amin surrendered. Troops
also destroyed three tunnels in the Mulla Syed area.
21 Taliban militants and three
soldiers killed were killed as SFs took control of Kotkai in South
Waziristan, an important TTP stronghold and the native town of
its chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, after intense fighting. Addressing
a joint press conference with Information Minister Qamar Zaman
Kaira, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major
General Athar Abbas said 21 terrorists had been killed and three
soldiers martyred while eight people had been injured. "Reliable
sources have reported that due to the pressure of the ongoing
operation, there have been large-scale desertions amongst the
rank of terrorists groups. It has been also reported that the
terrorists are shaving and trimming their beards to escape from
the area," Abbas said. He said the military had not reached an
accord with any militant outfit in FATA, adding however, that
the Government had signed a few agreements with people from the
Tribal Areas, including the Ahmedzai and Wazir tribes through
the FATA Secretariat to secure their support against the terrorists.
Asked about collaboration with the US in executing the operation,
the Army spokesman said, "We have asked them (the US) to let us
finish the job on our own and get the support of local population
A suspected US drone killed 22
militants in Bajaur Agency. The drone targeted a Taliban shura
(leadership council) meeting in Damadola area, which is 12 kilometres
north of Khar. Sources in the political administration said TTP
deputy chief Maulvi Faqir left the site minutes before the strike,
adding that his relatives were among the dead.
23 militants were killed as troops
advanced deeper into the Taliban-controlled territory in South
Waziristan and captured Gherlama, an important position north
of Kotkai, the hometown of TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud. Four
soldiers are reported to have died in fierce gun-battles in areas
around Gherlama, Kotkai, Nawazkot and Spinqamer. Shin Gher, a
vital hilltop near Razmak in North Waziristan, was also captured.
Tanks, backed by military jets
and helicopter gunships, are reported to have targeted Taliban
positions in South Waziristan. According to the ISPR, troops secured
the important Tarkona Narai hill after a 16-hour gun-battle and
made gains on the Jandola-Sararogha axis, securing important ridges.
ISPR said that 15 more terrorists and a soldier were killed as
troops moved beyond Kotkai. Troops have secured Point 1125 north
of Shishwam, an important ridge on the Jandola-Sararogha axis,
and another point two kilometres north of Kotkai. On the western
side of the axis, the SFs secured forward ridges of Kaskai, three
kilometres north-west of Kotkai.
Tarkona Narai, the highest feature
on an important junction east of Sherwangi, has also been secured
on the Shakai-Kaniguram axis. The hilltop had four strong points
and a series of bunkers. Four terrorists were killed in the battle
for the hilltop and eight others when they tried to flee from
the area. One non-commissioned officer and three soldiers were
also killed in the incident. Local officials said that landmines
had slowed the advance of troops. They said 15 terrorists and
three soldiers had been injured in the offensive. Security Forces,
officials said, consolidated their positions in Kotkai and captured
a number of other areas over the past few days. They said helicopter
gunships attacked terrorists’ positions in Kaniguram.
The TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud
is reported to have urged the Government to stop the operation
which he said had been launched to get US aid.
Many displaced people arriving
in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank Districts of the NWFP said that the
militants had left the villages recently captured by Security
Forces days before the launch of the military operation. "They
have gone into the mountains or shifted to the neighbouring Orakzai
Agency while some moved to the adjoining parts of Balochistan,"
said a tribesman.
Six militants and three soldiers
were killed in a clash in the Mattak village of Nawagai sub-division
in Bajaur Agency. Tribal sources said a group of militants attacked
a check-post of the SFs in Mattak village, killing three soldiers
on the spot. Following the incident, the SFs targeted the positions
of the militants with artillery guns from Khar, the regional headquarters
of Bajaur Agency. Consequently, six militants were killed and
three others injured while several militant hideouts were also
destroyed. Clashes between the militants and SFs were also reported
from the Mulla Said area of Salarzai sub-division. There was,
however, no report on the loss of life from either side.
The house of a militant was destroyed
in shelling by gunship helicopters in the Ghundai and Mandal areas
of Khar sub-division. The volunteers of Mamond Qaumi Lashkar (militia)
also continued action against suspected militants in their areas.
The death toll in the US drone
attack in Bajaur Agency increased to 33 when 13 wounded persons
succumbed to their injuries. Sources in the Damadola area, located
less than 10 kilometres from Bajaur’s headquarters Khar, said
the injured persons died on the way to clinics. They said six
more injured persons were in a critical condition and there was
apprehension that the death toll could rise further. The US drones
had fired three missiles at a bunker used by militants near Choutra
village in Damadola area. Initial reports said 20 persons were
killed and dozens others were injured in the strike.
Six militants were killed when
jet fighters targeted their hideouts in the Ghiljo area in Upper
Orakzai Agency. Eyewitnesses said that two hideouts and a camp
of the Taliban were also destroyed in the air strikes. They said
that jetfighters attacked hideouts of Taliban three times and
killed at least six militants in Ghiljo Bazaar, considered a stronghold
of Taliban affiliated with the Hakeemullah Mehsud group. The Tariq
Afridi group of Taliban controls a small part of lower Orakzai
Two militants were killed and
four others sustained injuries while two explosives-laden vehicles
were destroyed in action by the SFs in the Khyber Agency. The
SFs targeted positions of the militants from the Fort Salop in
the Gurguri area. In the heavy firing, a militant belonging to
the Sipah tribe was killed, official sources said. They added
that four others, including a ‘commander’, sustained injuries
in the firing by the SFs. The official sources said one vehicle
loaded with explosives and arms was also destroyed in the attack.
In another incident, the SFs claimed they blew up the vehicle
of militants that that had been left behind by the fleeing militants
in the Akakhel area. They claimed that troops in the same area
also killed a militant who had opened fire on the soldiers from
Continuing their advance from
three sides on the TTP strongholds of Srarogha, Ladha and Makeen
on the 10th day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat, the
SFs claimed killing 19 more militants in three separate clashes.
Six Army soldiers were also killed while 20 others sustained injuries
during clashes between the two sides in the Gharlai, Sarwek, Shaga
and Sharkai Sar areas. Independent confirmation of the casualty
was, however, not possible as the area has been under curfew for
the past 10 days and communication links had been snapped.
In their advance from three sides
over the past 10 days, the SFs have captured Kotkai, village of
the TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud and his cousin and suicide bombers’
trainer Qari Hussain, along with Sherwangai, Nawazkot, Chalweshtai
and some key ridges. However, the troops faced tough resistance
on the 10th day in their advance towards the TTP stronghold of
Srarogha. Sources said a clash occurred when the Taliban militants
tried to block the way of advancing troops near Srarogha. Military
officials said 10 militants were killed in the clash which also
claimed the lives of six Army soldiers. 14 soldiers sustained
injuries and were evacuated with the help of military helicopters.
Giving details of the advance
made by SFs on the 10th day, the ISPR said the troops secured
the Kazhakas area on the road leading to Inzar Killay and Srarogha.
The troops also secured Gharlai village on Kotkai-Srarogha road.
On the Shakai-Kaniguram axis, the ISPR said troops surrounded
Sarwek village, one kilometre north of Chalweshtai, and secured
the surrounding ridges. Seven militants were killed and five soldiers
injured in the operation in the same zone. From the Razmak side,
the SFs claimed securing the Shaga village and Sharakai Sar in
the Nawazkot area. Two militants were killed and one soldier injured
in the operation. The political administration officials said
troops had secured the Moomi Karam and Sarwek villages after getting
control of Chalweshtai. They said the troops would be able to
reach and control the strategic peaks of Asman Manza and Karwan
Manza in next two days.
Thousands of people have reportedly
been displaced from areas inhabited by the Mehsud tribe in South
Waziristan and have taken refuge in parts of the neighbouring
North Waziristan Agency as well as the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan
Districts in the NWFP. Locals said almost all the people had left
Sarwekai and Ladha sub-divisions. Only a small number of people
had stayed behind to guard their houses and belongings, said tribesmen
arriving in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank.
Nine militants were killed during
clashes with the SFs in different areas of the Bajaur Agency.
Sources said about 15 militants attacked a security post in the
Mattak area near the Afghan border on October 25 and killed a
Junior Commissioned Officer and three other SF personnel. Two
other SF personnel sustained injuries in the attack. Troops subsequently
fired back, killing six militants and injuring four others.
The militants fired seven missiles
on security posts in Tawheedabad and Sadiqabad and a base in Bilalabada.
However, the missiles caused no damage or casualty. Three militants
were killed and one was injured in an exchange of fire which continued
for over about an hour. Militants also fired missiles on a flour
mill in Bajaur, causing damage to the building and machinery.
The managing director of the mill, Haji Mehboob, said the militants
appeared to have targeted the upper portion of the building where
security forces had set up a picket.
The SFs in Lee Sam and Khar targeted
militants’ positions in the area with artillery. Officials said
several militant hideouts were destroyed by the shelling. The
troops are reported to have faced stiff resistance from the Taliban
in Charmang, but have cleared 90 per cent of the area.
The Security Forces claimed to
have killed four militants and injured six others in aerial bombardment
carried out at Mamozai area in Orakzai Agency. Official and tribal
sources said the jet fighters targeted the hideouts and compounds
of militants in Mamozai area, killing four militants and injuring
SFs claimed killing 42 more militants,
raising the toll to 240 since the launch of Operation Rah-e-Nijat
targeting the TTP in South Waziristan Agency on October 17.
The troops admitted losing one soldier and injuries to two others
as they advanced on the militants’ strongholds of Srarogha, Makeen
and Ladha from three directions, using Wana, Jandola and Razmak
as their rear bases. Tribal sources said the troops were facing
stiff resistance during their advance towards Srarogha, the stronghold
of the TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, after the capture of Kotkai,
Sherwangai, Chalweshtai and other small villages and mountain
ridges from the Taliban.
The political administration officials
said fighter planes bombed Ladha, Shpeshtin, Gadawai, Kacha Langarkhel,
Mashta, Sam and Selai Rogha. The villages of Badar, Nano, Kotkhel,
Jalandhar and Karama were targeted with heavy artillery guns from
the Wana side while the villages of Aimarkhel and Bandkhel were
targeted from Razmak. Sources said five hideouts of militants
were destroyed in bombing by the planes while a huge cache of
weapons was seized in the Badar area. The sources said nearly
three-dozen militants had been killed in bombing on different
areas. The troops were reportedly facing resistance from the militants
in Ghorlama village.
According to the ISPR, the SFs
cleared the village of Zeriwam on the Jandola-Srarogha axis. One
soldier and five militants were killed in clashes in and around
Zeriwam and Garlai areas, it added. Advancing from Chalweshtai
on Shakai-Kaniguram axis, the troops reached the suburbs of Kund
Mela and Momi Karam areas and started removing improvised explosive
devices from the roads. Seven militants were reportedly killed
during an engagement with troops in the same area. SFs said they
had regained the control of the old Frontier Corps post in Nawazkot
and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the area
located on the Razmak-Makeen axis. The ISPR statement said the
troops clashed with militants in Tawda Cheena, Vedan, Manza Sar,
Zare Sar and Makeen, killing 30 of them. Two soldiers were injured
as militants fired two rockets at the Razmak camp.
The United Nation’s figures revealed
that 205,000 people had been displaced from South Waziristan due
to the military operation. The latest figures released on October
27 suggested that some 50,000 to 80,000 people were still in the
area affected by the fighting. Mentioning security concern as
a problem, the statement said there was a little room for aid
workers to manoeuvre in the highly-volatile areas. A similar complaint
was reportedly made by the International Committee of the Red
Cross. The UN said it was expecting more people to be displaced
because of the ongoing fighting.
11 militants and two soldiers
were killed during an encounter between the SFs and militants
in the Baizai tehsil (revenue division) of Mohmand Agency.
The militants attacked a check post in the Baidmani area of Baizai,
triggering an attack by the SFs in which 11 militants and two
soldiers were killed and two others injured. Independent sources,
however, said that seven militants were killed in the clashes.
Three SF personnel were injured
in a landmine explosion in the Safi area. Sources said a vehicle
carrying soldiers was hit by a landmine near Khazina, causing
injuries to three soldiers.
Authorities have arrested three
tribesmen under the Collective Responsibility Clause of the Frontier
Crimes Regulation. Troops also set ablaze houses of three suspects
in the Chinari area.
Unidentified persons killed an
active member of the tribal Lashkar (militia) in Khar, headquarters
of the Bajaur Agency. Eyewitnesses said that Shireen Khan was
sitting in his shop when unidentified persons opened fire, killing
him on the spot. The attackers later managed to escape despite
tight security in the area.
Reports from Landi Kotal stated
that two Security Force personnel were injured when militants
fired rockets at Fort Salop in Bara subdivision of Khyber Agency,
officials said. At least 10 rockets were fired at the fort, some
eight kilometres west of Bara bazaar, by unidentified persons
resulting in injuries to two soldiers of the frontier Corps. In
retaliation, the troops targeted suspected positions of militants
in Gurguri and adjoining areas. Later, the troops also carried
out a search operation in Malikdin Khel and arrested at least
five suspected militants.
Security Forces arrested six militants
from the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. The operation was
conducted in the Malik Din Khel area of Bara. Separately, Muzaffargarh
police arrested three suspects and recovered a pistol from them.
The men were identified as Abdul Sattar, Abdullah and Mukhtar.
The SFs were only a few kilometres
from Srarogha, the stronghold of the Hakeemullah Mehsud-led TTP,
on the 12th day of the Operation Rah-e-Nijat in
South Waziristan Agency. Sources said some militants were fleeing
to North Waziristan from the Srarogha side and via the Shawal
Road from Makeen due to increased pressure from the advancing
troops. Local sources said the troops were heading for Srarogha
after getting full control of Kotkai and securing the surrounding
areas and ridges. "The next important point is Srarogha, where
a tough battle is expected once the troops get close," said a
political administration official. The ISPR said 25 militants
were killed and a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered.
Five soldiers sustained injuries in the clashes and in attacks
from the militants in different areas, it added. The ISPR said
SFs made considerable progress on the Kotkai-Srarogha axis and
secured the area overlooking the TTP stronghold of Srarogha. Eight
militants were killed and three soldiers were wounded in incidents
in that area. The statement also said 25 Taliban training centres
and nine caves were destroyed in Kotkai while three more training
centres were overrun in the Murghaband area. According to tribesmen,
the Kaniguram village on the Shakai-Kaniguram axis is a strong
base of militants, where mostly Uzbeks were based. The troops
secured an important area of Karwan Manza, located two kilometres
east of Kaniguram. SFs also continued a search for militants and
arms in Nawazkot, a strategic village located on the Razmak-Makeen
axis. Local sources said that the SFs would be able to capture
the high points of Asman Manza after getting control of Kaniguram,
which is currently under a siege. Control over Asman Manza and
Karwan Manza would enable the troops to advance on Kokatkhel,
Karama, Delay, Mashta, Badar and other areas of Ladha sub-division
and Sarwekai, the sources said. They added that six militants
were killed and four injured in a clash with the SFs in the Sherkot
area. Fighter planes bombed TTP hideouts in Ladha, Maidan, Patwelai
and other areas, but there were no reports about casualties.
Four suspected militants were
killed and three others injured in a clash with the SFs in Mohmand
Agency. Sources said a group of militants attacked the Baidmani
check-post in Baizai sub-division with heavy weapons at about
1.30am. Four militants, including two Afghan nationals, were killed
when the troops returned fire. This was the second attack on the
post in two days. Two SF personnel and 11 militants were killed
in an attack on October 27. Meanwhile, a girls’ school was blown
up in the Aranda village of Shabqadar area. While the school building
was destroyed no casualty was reported because schools in the
area were closed.
Continuing their advance towards
Srarogha, the stronghold of the TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud,
the SFs said they had killed 11 militants and lost one soldier
with two others injured, the 13th day of Operation
Rah-e-Nijat. However, reporters and cameramen of television
channels flown to South Waziristan and taken on a guided visit
to several points quoted the SFs as claiming that 82 militants
were killed in the fighting. Local sources said the troops had
surrounded Kaniguram village and were preparing to secure control
of Masp Mela, Asman Manza and Karwan Manza in the next 24 hours.
They said a clash took place between the SFs and militants in
Kaniguram but there was no information about the casualties. Fierce
clashes were also reported from Ahmadwam area near Srarogha. Local
sources said 20 militants were killed in the clash in Ahmadwam.
They did not mention casualties among the troops.
Jet fighters bombed Srarogha,
Spina Mela, Ladha, Piazha, Sam and other areas, believed to be
the hiding places and strongholds of the TTP. These areas were
also being targeted by artillery guns from Army bases in Razmak
and Jandola, local sources said. They said several militants had
been killed and injured, but the exact casualty toll could not
be confirmed. An ISPR statement said the troops consolidated their
position on the Kotkai-Srarogha axis from Jandola side. It claimed
the troops captured Inzar Killay and clearance operation also
continued in Zariwam village. Five militants were killed in Ganra
Kas village in the same area. A mortar fire also killed one soldier
and injured two others.
On the Shakai-Kaniguram axis,
a training centre was discovered as the troops continued siege
of Kaniguram. The troops also captured an important height west
of Kaniguram overlooking the road to Ghanikhel and Mazkai. Six
militants were killed and their bunkers were destroyed in the
same area, said the ISPR statement. The SFs are also reportedly
consolidating their positions in Servek and Tarkona Narai, it
Since the launch of the operation,
security officials have claimed killing over 250 militants. They
have also admitted the death of 31 soldiers since October 17.
However, there are no reports from independent sources about the
casualties and the gains by the troops. Most of the information
about the operation is provided by the ISPR.
Army troops have discovered the
passport of a militant linked to two hijackers involved in the
9/11 attacks, during an operation against the Taliban in South
Waziristan. A private TV channel reported on October 29 that the
passport belonging to Said Bahaji, a German of Moroccan origin,
was among documents, weapons and literature seized by the military
and shown to a group of journalists during an official trip. The
channel reported the passport showed the man had arrived in Karachi
just days before 9/11. However, military spokesman Major General
Athar Abbas, who accompanied the reporters on the trip to South
Waziristan, had no comments to offer. "I haven’t seen the passport.
These reporters may have seen it," he said. Bahaji’s name has
appeared in the 9/11 Commission Report.
14 Taliban militants and two soldiers
were killed on the 14th day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in South Waziristan Agency. All 14 militants were killed along
the Jandola-Sararogha axis, with troops advancing towards and
securing an important area west of Dralima and northwest of Ahnei
Kalle. Two soldiers were killed when the militants fired mortar
shells. "On the Shakai-Kaniguram axis, forces secured... ridge
point 6,954 – 3 kilometres north of Kundmela and 2 kilometres
west of Kaniguram," said a ISPR statement. Further, the ISPR said
a clearance operation is underway in Khaikaeh Narai and surrounding
areas. Troops – after fully securing Asman Manza – are reportedly
expanding their security perimeter with a search-and-clearance
operation in Kaniguram in progress. "On the Razmak-Makeen axis,
the forces are consolidating their positions at Pakalita Sar and
Manza Sar... dominating Razmak-Makeen Road," said the statement.
In addition, fighter jets are reported to have bombed Taliban
positions in Kaniguram and Makeen.
At least two Taliban militants
were killed when tribesmen retaliated against an attack on the
chief of a peace committee, and a peace volunteer was injured
in crossfire in the Baizai sub-division of Mohmand Agency. An
administration official said Taliban militants attacked the peace
committee chief, Malik Sultan, with heavy weapons in Baizai area.
At least two militants were killed and four injured in the ensuing
clash, which continued for about an hour. Sultan is reported to
have escaped unhurt.
The political administration of
Mohmand Agency is reported to have arrested eight Mehsud tribesmen
from the Safi sub-division.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik
said that the Taliban torched 409 educational institutions in
the Malakand Division of the NWFP and 64 in FATA. Calling the
Taliban "professional killers and liars", the minister said they
were enemies of Islam and Pakistan and had nefarious designs to
destabilise the country. Malik reiterated the Government’s firm
stance of uprooting the menace of extremism and terrorism from
33 Taliban militants were killed
in the decisive battle for control of the Mehsud mainland in the
Sararogha area. Four army personnel were injured in the attack.
"Security forces have entered Sararogha," the statement added.
"The town has been surrounded from all three entry points. All
the key positions and ridges around Sararogha have been taken
over by security forces," it said. "During the process of moving
forward, intense exchanges of fire took place. Thirteen terrorists
have been killed. The military will begin its clearance operation
of Sararogha in the next 24 hours. There is a substantial presence
of terrorists in the town," ISPR Director General Major Gen Athar
Abbas said. By being on the brink of controlling both Sararogha
and Kaniguram – the two main Mehsud towns where Taliban militants
held great sway – the military appears to be moving ahead of schedule.
Also, advancing from the Shakai side, the military captured Karama
village, a training centre of Uzbek militants. Separately, the
military cleared Nawazkot of Taliban militants and moved onto
the outskirts of Makeen.
Pakistan Air Force fighter planes
bombed militant hideouts in the Orakzai and Kurram areas of FATA,
killing 15 Taliban militants. The official sources said jet fighters
bombed three suspected hideouts of TTP leader Hakeemullah Mehsud
in Orakzai, killing at least eight Taliban militants and wounding
several others. They said another air strike in Kurram killed
One militant was killed and several
injured in clashes between SFs and the Taliban in Bajaur.
Seven SF personnel were killed
and 12 other injured when Taliban militants attacked their vehicle
using a remote-controlled bomb in the Sur Dhand area of Bara in
the FATA. Officials blamed local militants for the attack on the
soldiers. They were not specific, but said that Lashkar-e-Islam
is the main militant outfit fighting in the area. The group has
ties to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan headquartered in South
Waziristan, where the military has launched an offensive aimed
at rooting out Taliban militants.
The SFs killed 16 TTP militants
and injured 10 others in clashes during Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in the South Waziristan Agency. In the battle to control Sararogha,
one of the main TTP strongholds, SFs killed six militants and
injured four others. Separately, aerial strikes in Ladha, Saam,
Gadawai, Maidaan and Makeen killed five militants and injured
three others. Four TTP hideouts were also destroyed in the air-strikes.
In addition, the SFs captured Kaniguram, a town with a population
of 30,000, and seized heavy weapons during a door-to-door search
Nine militants and two soldiers
were killed during the fighting, taking the TTP death toll to
331 in 16 days of fighting. 38 soldiers have been killed in the
operation so far, according to Army estimates, although there
is no independent verification of casualty figures. "The command
and control structure of the Taliban exists in Sararogha, Makeen
and Ladha," a security official said. "It’s going to be a tough
fight here," he added.
As part of the Government’s fight
against the militants, it will offer bounties of up to PKR 50
million each for TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, Waliur Rehman and
Qari Hussain Mehsud, AP reported. "Such people are killers of
humanity, and they deserve an exemplary punishment… The brutal
acts of these people are earning a bad name for the Muslims in
Pakistan and around the world," the advertisement states.
Two civilians were killed as a
mortar shell landed in the Alacha area of Landikotal, a sub-division
of Khyber Agency, during an exchange of fire with militants late.
Sources said the shell hit the house of Bahadar Khan when his
family members were asleep. Consequently, his two brothers, Liaqat
Khan and Saud Khan, were killed. Three more members of the same
family sustained injuries in the incident. Meanwhile, in the Tedi
Bazaar area of Jamrud sub-division, some unidentified miscreants
detonated a bomb outside the house of agency’s councillor, Israrullah
Khan. However, no casualty was reported in the explosion. Locals
said the explosion partially damaged the outer wall of the house.
Suspected Taliban militants blew
up a girls’ school in Bara, injuring four people. Two explosions
occurred at the 18-room Government High School for Girls in Karigar
Ghari area. Locals said the blast destroyed the building and also
damaged nearby houses, injuring four people. "The terrorists have
blown up the school, demolishing all the rooms," said administration
official Shafeerullah. Locals said a boy, who watched the premises,
was also missing, possibly kidnapped by the militants.
The Army hopes to neutralise the
TTP in South Waziristan Agency before the winter sets in, Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said. "The operation so far has
been very successful. The resistance that we were expecting initially
did not come with the same swiftness we were expecting," Qureshi
- who is in Kuala Lumpur to attend a meeting of Islamic countries
starting on November 2 (today) - told reporters. "South Waziristan
is an area which is very important in order to check terrorist
activity in Pakistan. Not just Pakistan, but beyond," said Qureshi.
He said the armed forces had surrounded the area and choked supply
lines to the Taliban. "They are on the run. They are in retreat
and there is disarray over there," he claimed. Qureshi said it
would be difficult to give a timeframe for total military success,
but "we would want to achieve our objectives as much as possible
before the winter sets in… And it seems, as things are going on,
that we might be able to do so ... I can’t give you a date, but
that area becomes very cold (by late December). We want to operate
and establish our foothold before that."
The ISPR Director General, Major General Athar
Abbas, said that the Security Forces had gained complete control
of Kaniguram, a major stronghold of Uzbek fighters. He said the
terrorists there had been using modern weaponry, fortified positions
and bunkers, adding the entire area had been cleared of mines
and improvised explosive devices. He said the military had also
secured Karama village, east of Kaniguram, adding other strategically
important points around Kaniguram had also been secured. Giving
details of Operation Rah-e-Nijat, the ISPR chief said 12
militants had been killed in the last 24 hours, adding that six
SF personnel had been injured. He said he was not sure if the
Taliban's top leadership had escaped to North Waziristan or was
still in the area.
Seven Taliban militants were killed in clashes
with the SF personnel and aerial strikes in Bajaur Agency. The
air and ground assault focused on Ovishah, Seolai, Kharkay and
Badalai areas in the Mamoond sub-division, destroying four terrorist
hideouts. The SFs also reportedly clashed with the militants in
Mulla Said and Mataak in the Salarzai sub-division.
The SFs advanced towards Janta after securing
areas around the Taliban stronghold of Sararogha in the South
Waziristan Agency, where 21 militants and one soldier were reported
dead by the ISPR. Official sources said the troops had secured
the areas around Sararogha while clashes had taken place near
Makeen and Sam where the militants were offering resistance. The
troops claimed killing 16 militants during clashes in Sararogha
while a soldier was killed and another injured in a landmine explosion
in the area. They said several IEDs planted by the militants were
discovered and defused by the troops.
Local sources said the SFs had captured the Janta
area located between Sararogha and Ladha. However, they said the
area had already been vacated by the militants. Janta is said
to be a mountainous area and once a base of the Taliban because
of its strategic location. They said the troops were now advancing
towards Ladha, Asman Manza and Karwan Manza, the next important
points after the capture of Kaniguram. The sources also said the
TTP hideouts were targeted by fighter jets and with heavy artillery
in Ladha, Makeen and Sam areas. Four militants' positions were
reportedly destroyed in the attack, the sources added.
The ISPR statement said besides killing 16 militants
and the death of an Army soldier, two suspected militants had
been arrested in Sararogha. It said militants fired six rockets
on security forces in Kaniguram as they were busy searching the
area for IEDs, weapons and militants to secure the adjoining ridges.
The military said five militants were killed during a clash in
Ghanikhel near Kaniguram. On the Razmak-Makeen axis, the troops
said they had secured the area from Cheena up to Mian Nurkhel.
Manza Sar had also been secured and the troops were consolidating
their positions, the statement added. The ISPR said the troops
came under a rocket and small arms attack from the militants near
Razmak, but no one was killed or injured. One soldier sustained
injuries while defusing an IED at the Chashmai bridge on the same
Refuting the Army's claims about gains in South
Waziristan, the TTP claimed that its fighters had staged a tactical
retreat from some areas to bring the troops into hilly and forested
areas. In a telephonic conversation with a foreign news agency,
TTP spokesman Azam Tariq denied the Army's claims of killing over
300 militants during the last 18 days. "Only 11 of our men have
been killed so far," Azam Tariq was quoted as saying. He said
they were prepared for a long war with the Army and that they
had retreated as part of a strategy from certain areas that the
Army was claiming to have captured.
SFs continued their offensive against the Taliban
in Bajaur Agency and destroyed the house of an important Taliban
'commander' in the agency's headquarters Khar, officials said.
Political administration officials told that the SFs had arrested
five Taliban militants in the Mamoond sub-division and blown up
the house of Taliban leader Sher Khan in Khar.
Two Taliban 'commanders' are reported to have
surrendered along with some weapons in Khar.
At least 30 militants were killed and eight soldiers,
including two officers, sustained injuries in clashes and street
fighting as the troops entered the Taliban stronghold of Ladha
in South Waziristan Agency. Official sources said the fighting
continued in Ladha and Sararogha and the troops cleared a major
part of Sararogha following its capture a day earlier and withdrawal
of most of the militants from the area. Political administration
officials said the troops have also entered the Sam, Gadwai, Asman
Manza and Karwan Manza areas. They said the troops faced tough
resistance from the militants in Gadwai during their advance towards
Ladha. However, the SFs managed to reach there after clashes with
militants. The SFs also reportedly captured the Tehsil (revenue
unit) building and fort in Ladha. Official sources said 10 militants
were killed in the fighting.
Official sources said the troops started advancing
towards Janta, Piazha and Makeen after securing control of Sararogha
from the TTP. The troops were also advancing towards Ladha and
Makeen from Razmak side thus narrowing the circle around the militants'
stronghold from all sides. The sources said many militants had
started deserting the TTP while others were escaping into the
neighbouring Orakzai Agency. The sources also said the SFs had
accelerated their advance towards the TTP strongholds from Wana
and Razmak sides.
A statement from the Army's ISPR said 16 militants
were killed during clashes with the SFs in and around Sararogha.
Eight soldiers, including two officers and one Junior Commissioned
Officer, sustained injuries in these clashes. On the Shakai-Kaniguram
axis, the SFs entered the Ladha town, one of the key strongholds
of the Hakeemullah Mehsud-led TTP. The ISPR has reported street
fighting in the town and confirmed the killing of at least 10
militants. The statement also said the troops have secured the
surrounding ridges. During a search operation, the troops recovered
arms, ammunition, a blasting machine and swords and knives. Advancing
from the third side on the Razmak-Makeen axis, the ISPR said the
troops secured the Cheena village and consolidated their positions
in that area. Four militants were killed while a soldier sustained
injuries in the same area, the statement said, adding a huge quantity
of arms and explosives were also recovered.
Sources said majority of the militants have either
gone underground or fled to the neighbouring Orakzai and North
Waziristan agencies instead of holding their positions to fight
the advancing Army troops.
Four militants were killed when the SFs exchanged
fire with them after an attack on a check-post at Hangu-Parachinar
border in the Kurram Agency. A woman was also killed and three
others sustained injuries when an artillery shell fell at a house
in Spim Wam during the exchange of fire. Official sources said
that militants fired three rockets at the security check-post
in Spin Wam which was followed by heavy machinegun fire. The SFs
subsequently retaliated with artillery shelling and ground troops
chased the militants. Troops claimed that four militants were
killed in the shootout.
Two female schoolteachers were killed when the
Taliban militants ambushed their car in Shandai Mor, two kilometres
from Khar in Bajaur Agency. Shazia Begum and Shamim Bibi, teachers
at the Communal Girls School, were travelling from the school
when militants fired on the vehicle, killing the two and injuring
two other persons. The driver of the vehicle in which the teachers
were travelling has reportedly been arrested.
The SFs secured Ladha Fort in South Waziristan
Agency and consolidated their positions on peaks around another
base of the militants. An ISPR statement said 28 TTP militants
had been killed, taking the death toll for the TTP to 422 since
the Operation Rah-e-Nijat began on October 17. Five soldiers,
including an officer, were killed and two were injured. "Security
forces have secured Ladha Fort and the northeast area of Shashak
and also cleared Bangel Khel," the ISPR statement stated. SFs
secured the Ladha Fort and consolidated their positions on the
peaks in the Sararogha area where the five soldiers were killed
in a blast, the military said. The troops also conducted house-to-house
search and clearance operations in the Spin Qamar, Wucha Kauna
Algad and Lugar Manza areas. The SFs also recovered a heavy cache
of arms from the Razmak-Makeen axis.
The TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud has urged his
fighters to stand fast against the military offensive in South
Waziristan, warning them in an intercepted message obtained that
cowards will go to hell. "Remember this is the commandment of
God that once fighting starts with the enemy, you cannot leave
the battlefield without permission from your commander, and don't
look for excuses to run away from the fighting," Hakeemullah told
his followers in a speech on November 3 broadcast over a wireless
radio network. Of those, who do run away, he warned, "Such people
will go to hell." The intelligence officials shared a recording
of the speech with The Associated Press, to show that the militant
leader is concerned about desertions in the ranks. "We are in
Jihad and we should not pay heed to the whispers of Satan. We
should sacrifice our lives for Islam so that we can feel pride
on the day of judgment," Hakeemullah said.
The political administration officials said the
troops had advanced some 30 kilometres from the Wana direction
so far. They have reportedly captured some strategically important
areas of Ladha Tehsil (revenue unit), which will facilitate their
advance on the Ladha town. According to officials, the SFs have
got control of Garde Serai mountain after consolidating positions
in Ladha and the freshly captured Ladha Fort, which was abandoned
by the FC after immense pressure from the militants more than
a year ago. Sources said the FC fort was mostly destroyed by the
militants. A clash was reported in Shamerai village near the Ladha
bridge. Officials said seven militants were killed and some others
sustained injuries in the incident. They said the rest of militants
fled the scene. The troops also captured Sheen Sar and the Hanrai
Tangi area in their advance from Jandola towards Sararogha. From
the Razmak side, the SFs have seized control of Panj Plorai and
Ashkar Kot to reach the Taliban stronghold of Makeen.
A statement from the ISPR said a blast near Sararogha
killed five soldiers, including one officer. Two more soldiers
sustained injuries. The explosion occurred as the troops were
busy in a clearance operation and consolidating their positions
on the Jandola-Sararogha axis. The troops have captured the areas
of Shashak and Bangalkhel on the Shakai-Kaniguram axis. Seven
militants were killed in retaliatory fire from SFs in Mangora
and Ghundai Ghar. The troops also secured the road from Asman
Manza to Gadawai, said the ISPR statement.
Four persons were killed when a US pilotless plane
struck a house with missiles in the Naurak village of North Waziristan
Agency. Tribal sources said the CIA-operated drone fired two missiles
at 1:25 am at a house of a tribesman named Musharraf in Naurak,
12 kilometres from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan,
killing four persons. The political administration confirmed the
attack but denied any casualties. However, independent sources
confirmed the killing. Unnamed security officials were quoted
by the foreign and local media as claiming that those killed were
militants. The names and identities of the dead were, however,
not available. Villagers said two vehicles parked in the house
were also destroyed in the attack.
A military operation will also be conducted in
North Waziristan after the completion of Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in South Waziristan, Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar said.
Two militants were killed and three volunteers
of a peace committee were injured in a clash over the abduction
of a doctor in the Sturikhel area of Orakzai Agency. Tribal sources
said a group of militants belonging to the Darra Adamkhel unit
of the TTP had kidnapped Dr Israel Khan. However, the volunteers
of Sturikhel Peace Committee chased the militants and intercepted
them at Anjani area. The sources said two militants were killed
in an exchange of fire while three volunteers also sustained injuries.
The militants later left behind the doctor, who was rescued by
the peace committee members.
The SFs arrested 75 suspected persons during a
search operation in various areas of Khar sub-division in the
Bajaur Agency while 21 illegal Afghan nationals were deported
by political administration, official sources said. The sources
said that SFs and political administration jointly launched a
crackdown on militants and miscreants and arrested 75 suspected
persons from the Fajja, Tauheedabad, Shandai Mor and Lashora areas
in Khar sub-division.
In the Mamond sub-division, the SFs dynamited
the house of a militant 'commander' while four militants surrendered
to the troops. The SFs are also reported to have defused a roadside
bomb planted by militants during a search operation in Inayat
Suspected Taliban militants blew up a girls' school
in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. Sources said that the
militants blew up the building of Government Girls Higher Secondary
School in Akakhel. Locals said the armed militants blindfolded
the school's guard and planted explosives in the building.
Troops entered Makeen - considered the headquarters
and the last bastion of the TTP in South Waziristan - as the military
killed 24 more militants in clashes. "Today, security forces moved
into Makeen, which is considered the headquarters of the Taliban.
A large part of town has been cleared. In the remaining parts,
a search-and-clearance operation is underway," said an ISPR spokesman
in a statement, adding that intense clashes were in progress,
and Taliban militants were fleeing the area - leaving behind their
weapons and ammunition.
Troops killed at least 21 militants in Makeen,
where a house owned by slain TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud was also
demolished. The Security Forces are also consolidating their positions
around Sararogha, where search-and-clearance operations are underway.
Troops, in addition, killed at least three TTP militants when
the group fired rockets in Sararogha. The SFs are also reportedly
consolidating their positions in and around Ladha, and conducting
A soldier was killed and six others sustained
injuries during a search and clearance operations by the Security
Forces in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. A security official
in Jamrud told reporters that the incident took place at Yousuf
Talab locality of Sipah where the SFs clashed with militants during
a search and clearance operation. The official confirmed the killing
of a Mehsud Scouts trooper Said Nabi and injuries to six of his
colleagues when, according to him, militants opened fire at the
troops from one of their hideouts in Yousuf Talab. The SFs subsequently
retaliated with heavy artillery fire and also used two gunship
helicopters to target militant positions in the Sipah area. Officials
claimed to have inflicted heavy loses on the militants and destroying
a number of their hideouts and training camps. The SFs also claimed
to have arrested at least six suspect militants or their sympathisers
after the shootout at Yousuf Talab.
SFs killed 12 Taliban militants in Makeen town
of South Waziristan. The SFs cleared the eastern edge of Makeen
during efforts to secure the town. SFs also destroyed a vehicle
with fleeing terrorists on board, killing at least eight Taliban
militants. Three soldiers, including two officers, were also injured
in the clashes. Troops also recovered large caches of weapons
and ammunition from various compounds in Makeen. Troops were reportedly
consolidating their positions in Sararogha and the surrounding
areas, and killed four terrorists during clearance operations
north of Sararogha.
Troops killed 20 Taliban militants "over the last
24 hours" and found a huge cache of arms and ammunition, while
eight soldiers - including an officer - were injured in Operation
Rah-e-Nijat in various parts of South Waziristan. A statement
by the ISPR said that troops consolidated their positions around
Sararogha, Raghzai and Sagar Langer Gel, killing three Taliban
militants in a clash. "On the Shakai-Kaniguram axis, troops fully
dominated and controlled the entire axis and conducted a search-and-clearance
operation ... in Totai, Langar Khel, Tapparghai, Gutsurai, Gadowai,
Bangal Khel and Kund Mela," added the ISPR, adding that a huge
quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives was also found. "Eight
soldiers - including an officer - were injured and 12 Taliban
were killed ... a factory for manufacturing IED components ...
was found in Gadawai," mentioned the ISPR. In areas along Razmak
and Makeen, troops conducted a search-and-clearance operation.
"Taliban fired small arms and rockets in Blanki Sar, Lagar Manza,
Kund Mela and Makeen ... 5 Taliban were killed in clash," said
At least 10 Taliban militants were killed in a
clash in Zachmir Kund area of Mohmand Agency. The clash erupted
when Taliban militants attacked SFs with sophisticated weapons
during a search operation in the area. Two SFs were also killed
in fighting - which continued for about four hours. Five SFs were
also injured. Meanwhile, troops also defused a landmine in Gongut.
Troops killed three Taliban militants and arrested
another one in an injured condition, while eight others surrendered
before SFs at Bajaur Agency. SFs used long-range artillery in
Mamoond tehsil (revenue unit) to target Taliban hideouts,
killing three Taliban militants. In Khar, an important Taliban
commander surrendered along with his son before SFs. Six other
Taliban militants also surrendered before troops in Mamoond tehsil.
SFs fully secured the Shakai-Ladha road and started
patrolling the Kaniguram-Ladha axis as eight militants and four
soldiers died in fresh clashes in South Waziristan on the 24th
day of Operation Rah-e-Nijat. A local source said four
soldiers died in a roadside bomb blast in the Makeen area. However,
the Army militants fired several rockets at a security post in
the Makeen area, killing four soldiers and injuring another. Eight
militants were also killed in retaliatory action by the troops,
said a statement from the ISPR.
Local sources said ground troops were consolidating
their positions in Kaniguram and Makeen as fighter jets and helicopters
continued targeting the militants' hideouts in different areas
of South Waziristan. Locals said troops destroyed a stronghold
of militant commander Mumtaz Burki in the Jamalki Garagah area
in Kaniguram. A search operation was launched in Maidan, Kot Langarkhel,
Zay Killay, Habib Kot and the surrounding areas in Ladha sub-division,
said political administration officials. They also said that arms,
ammunition and explosives with suicide jackets and ball-bearings
were also recovered during search operations in the Shakai, Kaniguram
and Bangalkhela areas.
Troops have reportedly secured the Wedan, Ashkarkot
and Tauda Cheena villages in Makeen as efforts were underway to
secure the town, known to be the nerve centre of the militants.
Most of the militants have, however, reportedly deserted their
positions and fled to the nearby North Waziristan, Kurram and
Orakzai tribal agencies. Officials said a security post had been
established in the Makeen area. They said resistance from the
militants had ended in Kaniguram, Shakai, Tiarza, Silay Rogha,
Asman Manza and Karwan Manza. The sources said troops had strengthened
their control over all those areas once known as the strongholds
of the militants.
The ISPR statement said SFs consolidated their
positions at the Jandola-Srarogha axis. A search and clearance
operation was also under way on the Shakai-Kaniguram axis. Locals
said a small number of the displaced people were coming to register
at the camp established in Ratta Kulachi in Dera Ismail Khan in
the NWFP. The ISPR said 9,343 cash cards had been issued to the
displaced families. It said over 4,845 patients from the displaced
families were treated at the Army field hospital in Dera Ismail
Eight suspected militants were killed and several
others injured as military planes targeted their positions in
the Kurram Agency. According to sources, the areas which came
under the air attack included Chinarak, Spairkot and Ormigai in
the east of Parachinar. A vehicle carrying militants was hit in
Khwaidatkhel, leaving eight occupants dead. The sources said that
the banned TTP had shifted its weapons and other material to Orakzai
and central Kurram before the start of military operation in South
Three SF personnel and two militants were killed
and a soldier sustained injuries in a bomb blast and firing incidents
in different areas of Bajaur Agency. Sources said two soldiers
were killed and another sustained injuries when their vehicle
was attacked with a remote-controlled bomb in the Mulla Said area
in Salarzai sub-division. In another incident, unknown armed men
shot dead Subedar Noor Zada of the Bajaur Levies force in a high
security zone in Khar.
Tariq Afridi, the TTP 'commander' for Darra Adam
Khel in the NWFP, has reportedly been appointed as the chief of
the banned organisation for Khyber Agency in the FATA and the
Matani area of Peshawar District in the NWFP. Taliban sources
said the appointment was made by the TTP Shura (executive council),
which met recently in Orakzai Agency. The sources said Muhammad,
the spokesman for the TTP in Darra Adam Khel, would also be the
spokesman for the organisation for the Khyber Agency and the Matani
Omar, belonging to Darra Adam Khel, would be the
spokesman for the TTP in the Jewaki area in Darra Adam Khel and
for the Kohat region. These appointments were not announced formally
by the TTP, but the Taliban sources contended that approval was
given by the Shura of the organisation in its meeting held in
the Orakzai Agency. Qari Hussain, the TTP 'commander' known as
trainer of suicide bombers, reportedly attended the meeting. Aslam
Farooqi is said to be the patron of the militants in the Orakzai
Agency. Tariq Afridi, reportedly based in the Orakzai Agency,
has been fighting Security Forces in Darra Adam Khel and sponsoring
attacks in Peshawar and Kohat. Intelligence sources said some
of the suicide bombers striking in Peshawar, Kohat and Punjab
province were also being sent on missions by Tariq Afridi and
his men. Tariq Afridi and the TTP unit in Darra Adam Khel were
also behind the abduction of Polish engineer Petr Stanczak and
his subsequent execution in 2008. At present, there is no chief
of the TTP in the Khyber Agency. The position was apparently left
vacant when Yahya Hijrat, the former leader of the TTP in the
Khyber Agency, was arrested in Peshawar. He was subsequently declared
dead in a Police encounter. Tariq Afridi would continue to head
the TTP in his native Darra Adam Khel and also in the Matani area
of Peshawar District.
The Army claimed killing nine more militants to
raise the Taliban death tally to 492 since the launch of the Operation
Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency on October 17. Among
the nine slain militants, the Army said five were killed in the
north of Ladha and four others were killed in the Tauda Cheena
and Fort Knoll areas of Makeen. According to the ISPR, the SFs
continued search and clearance operations in the Sarai Ghundaka,
Kandao, Spinkai and Zariwam areas on the Jandola-Sararogha axis.
The SFs have reportedly discovered and dismantled a private jail
near the Bangalkhel area of Ladha, where they are conducting a
search and clearance operation over the past few days. Several
caves, bunkers, towers and observation posts of the Taliban were
also destroyed in the same area, said the ISPR. On the Razmak-Makeen
axis, the SFs recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition and
arrested one militant from the area. Political administration
officials said the troops were in complete control of Makeen,
the nerve centre of the TTP. They said the areas of Shakai, Kaniguram
and Makeen had been cleared while a search operation was underway
in Maidan, Kot Langarkhel and Bazay. The troops have also established
posts on mountains in Sararogha to strengthen their positions
and started a search operation on the Srarogha-Piazha Road. The
troops are now reportedly advancing towards Janta, Piazha and
Makeen from the Sararogha side. Sources said the SFs had also
started a search operation in the Sam area of Ladha while posts
had been established on the hilltops in Karwan Manza, Karam and
Sources said the SFs were now controlling more
than 80 per cent of the Mehsud areas in the agency as there was
no or little resistance from the militants in recent days. They
said the majority of militants had either fled into the neighbouring
North Waziristan and Orakzai Agencies or sneaked into the adjacent
districts of Tank and Dera Ismail Khan in the NWFP in the garb
of fleeing population.
Azam Tariq, spokesman for the Hakeemullah Mehsud-led
TTP, claimed in a telephonic call to reporters from an undisclosed
location that the Army had so far captured only roads while the
Taliban were holding the key locations in forests and mountains.
He said they had adopted the hit-and-run policy and were preparing
to fight a long guerrilla war against the advancing Army. He also
claimed inflicting casualties on the SFs, but did not give the
exact number. The TTP spokesman said they were ready for a tough
resistance against the Army.
Five militants were killed and seven injured when
fighter jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the Orakzai Agency. The
sources said that fighter jets bombed Ghalju, Khawga Rehri and
other parts of Upper Orakzai, destroying three Taliban hideouts.
Five militants were killed in an exchange of fire
with the SFs after attacks on the base camp of the Frontier Crops
and check-posts in the Bajaur Agency. Sources said that a group
of militants fired seven missiles and three rockets at the base
camp of the Bajaur Scouts in Katkot area of Loe Mamond sub-division,
some 24 kilometres from Khar, the agency headquarters. However,
no loss of life or property was reported as most of the missiles
and rockets missed the target and landed outside the camp. The
SFs later retaliated with heavy weapons, killing four militants
and injuring three others. Further, one militant was killed and
two others injured in an encounter with the SFs in the Barkhlozo
area of Loe Mamond. The clash erupted after militants attacked
a security post in Barkhlozo.
One soldier of the Khyber Rifles was injured in
a remote controlled bomb blast when the SFs were conducting a
search operation on the main Barkhlozo road.
The Bajaur administration has set five-day deadline
to the elders of Warh Mamond sub-division to hand over militants
in their respective areas to the authorities. Addressing a jirga
(council of elders), Assistant Political Agent Mohammad Jamial
said the administration had handed over a list of wanted militants
to the elders a few weeks ago but they are yet to hand them over
to the authorities. He said the elders of Mamond were not cooperating
with the administration and the troops. He threatened to launch
a military operation in the Mamond area like Loe Sam and Rashkai.
A landmine blast and ambush killed 10 SF personnel
in the Mohmand Agency. "Eight soldiers were martyred and two were
wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine buried on the roadside…
The soldiers were on a routine patrol. The landmine was buried
by the militants. The explosion damaged the pick-up," Frontier
Corps spokesman Major Fazalur Rehman said.
Two paramilitary personnel were killed and eight
others reported missing after Taliban militants attacked their
convoy at Ghanam Shah. Local official Rasool Khan said two SF
personnel, initially reported as missing, later made contact.
"A search operation is continuing for the remaining eight who
are missing," Khan said. Two bodies were recovered after the ambush
and 10 militants killed after attack helicopters shelled suspected
Taliban hideouts in the Bai Zai area.
Seven Taliban militants were killed and two soldiers
sustained injuries in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in the South Waziristan Agency, an ISPR statement said. "An intense
gunbattle took place at the recently-established checkpost at
Fort Knoll, where seven terrorists were killed and two soldiers,
including an officer injured," it said. The forces also reportedly
cleared Kaniguram and discovered eight tunnels inside the compounds
and seized arms and ammunition.
The operation is now mostly focused on consolidation
of troops' positions in and around the TTP strongholds of Makeen,
Ladha and Sararogha. Political administration officials said that
a search operation had been launched in Faqir Koroona and Siga
villages of Ladha sub-division. They said the troops had started
advancing towards Ladha from Makeen and were only six kilometres
away from it. The troops are expected to be in full control of
the Wana-Razmak road once they occupy and clear the remaining
six kilometres road between Ladha and Makeen. Jet fighters continued
hitting the TTP hideouts alongside the ground offensive and sources
said four positions of militants were destroyed in Shaktoi.
Sources said tunnels up to half-kilometre-long
had been discovered in Kari Kamar, Char Chobai, Mohmand Kamar,
Roghpal, Panrai Kamar, Manzai and Mirza Begai areas of Kaniguram
and been cleared of militants and IEDs on the 26th day of the
military action that began on October 17. Local sources said huge
quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered during
a search operation in Boya area located north of Shakai.
Five suspected militants were killed when helicopter
gunships targeted the hideouts of Taliban in the mountainous area
of lower Orakzai Agency. Officials said that at least six camps
and hideouts of the Taliban were completely destroyed in the air
strike in Sultanzai area in the evening. The air attack was conducted
on the information that Taliban militants were fleeing South Waziristan
Agency and taking shelter in the Orakzai Agency. Local tribesmen
said that two women were also among the victims as militants were
residing in their house.
Security Forces killed three militants and seized
a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in the Bara sub-division
of Khyber Agency. Security officials in the Shahkas Fort of Frontier
Corps said that they launched a search operation in Gurguri and
adjoining areas after getting information about the presence of
some militants. They said that at least three militants were killed
in an exchange of fire. They also claimed to have arrested a number
of suspect militants during the search and clearance operation.
The Security Forces also destroyed a huge quantity of mortar shells
and seized different types of light and heavy arms and ammunition
from different militant bases.
Two militants were killed in an encounter with
the SFs in the Mamond sub-division while four personnel of the
Bajaur Levies sustained injuries in a remote controlled bomb blast
in the Nawagai sub-division of Bajaur Agency. Sources said that
a group of militants attacked a security post in the Maina area
of Warh Mamond with heavy weapons. However, the SFs responded
quickly and as a result two militants were killed and four others
Four personnel of the Bajaur Levies sustained
injuries when a remote controlled bomb planted by militants on
bypass road in Nawagai exploded. The Levies men were on a routine
patrolling in the area. No group has claimed responsibility for
The SFs arrested 46 suspected persons during a
search operation in the Tarkhodag area of Mamond sub-division.
17 soldiers were killed in stiff resistance to
Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency by the TTP. This
is the highest death toll for the military since operations were
launched on October 17, security officials said. At least 15 soldiers
were killed in clashes while a roadside bomb blast killed two
soldiers in the Sararogha area further east, officials said. The
ISPR earlier said that five soldiers and 22 militants were killed
in the last 24 hours of the offensive. But the Army and security
officials in the area said that the military death toll was 17.
15 soldiers were killed in the clashes, an Army officer said.
It is the first time we have seen such stiff resistance, he said.
Another unnamed official also said the clashes included face-to-face
The Army said five militants were killed during
a clash with militants in the Ghra Sar area on the Jandola-Sararogha
axis. The troops were busy clearing the area when they came under
fire from the militants. One soldier sustained injuries in an
exchange of fire. 14 militants and five soldiers were killed while
seven soldiers sustained injuries in another clash in the Kot
Langarkhel area near Ladha as the troops continued a search and
clearance operation on the Shakai-Kaniguram axis.
The military said caches of arms and ammunition
were recovered in Sata, Mangora Sar, Narakai, Gulit Killay, Torwam
and Shabikhel areas. On the Razmak-Makeen axis, the SFs continued
advancing towards the south of Makeen. A security post was also
established in Zaidullah Gharyum and troops started patrolling
the area, the ISPR said. It said the operation was under way to
secure the Darra Algad area, located south of Makeen. The statement
said three more militants were killed during a clash with troops
in Rogha village. The political administration officials said
the Ladha-Wana Road had been cleared of landmines while the operation
was under way to clear the Ladha-Makeen Road. Five remote-controlled
bombs were discovered and defused on the Ladha-Wana Road, officials
Locals said elders from South Waziristan were
holding talks with the political administration and discussing
the repatriation of the displaced people to their respective areas
as the troops were in control of more than 80 per cent of the
Mehsud tribal territory now. Sources said the political administration
had informed the tribal elders to prepare themselves for return
to their areas cleared by the Army. The sources said the administration
wanted the people to go back to the cleared areas, but the residents
were reluctant as they feared both the Army and TTP.
The SFs and political administration arrested
40 suspected Taliban militants in a search operation in Bajaur
Agency. PA officials said that they had arrested the men from
Khar, headquarters of the agency. They said the Taliban militants
had been shifted to the headquarters prison.
The militants attacked a check-post of the SFs
at Jangzai area of Mamoond sub-division, but no casualties were
reported. Later, the SFs targeted Taliban hideouts with heavy
Six militants and two soldiers were killed in
the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat in the South Waziristan
Agency, an ISPR press release said. The soldiers were killed and
an equal number were wounded during an encounter with the militants
at Ahmed Wam. SFs have reportedly fully secured the area from
Makeen to Marobi Raghzai. They also cleared Rogha and Mir Khoni.
One militant was killed and several others sustained
injuries when Pakistan Air Force fighters bombarded suspected
hideouts of the militants in Kurram Agency. Militants fleeing
the operation in South Waziristan Agency had reportedly been hiding
in the Kurram and Orakzai Agency.
Three local militant 'commanders' and 13 persons
were arrested by the Security Forces in different areas of the
Bajaur Agency. The operation in Khar, the agency headquarters,
and its surrounding areas had been launched on November 11. Sources
said 150 people had been arrested so far from different areas
under the territorial responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes
SFs killed seven Taliban militants in operations
in South Waziristan in the FATA, the ISPR said in a statement.
It said seven terrorists were killed and four SF personnel injured
in the Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan. The forces
cleared the area around Madike, located two kilometers northeast
of Ahmed Wam, and also secured an important height, Point 1663,
at Parmonkai Roghzai, the ISPR statement said, adding, numerous
propaganda CDs, maps and passports were seized during a search
operation for Taliban commander Nasrullah.
Seven militants were killed and a Taliban ammunition
depot destroyed as fighter jets pounded suspected Taliban hideouts
in the Lower Orakzai Agency.
18 militants were killed as fighter jets targeted
Taliban hideouts in the Orakzai Agency. The bombings also destroyed
10 Taliban hideouts in the Ghaljo, Dabori and Mamozai areas of
upper Orakzai Agency, the channel reported. Shelling by helicopter
gunships also destroyed a Taliban ammunition depot in the area.
However, Dawn put the death toll of the militants at 24.
Five militants were killed in the ongoing Operation
Rah-e-Nijat in the South Waziristan Agency. The SFs claimed killing
five militants in Ahmadwam village on the Jandola-Sararogha Road.
Military sources said an exchange of fire took place between the
SFs and militants during a search operation in Ahmadwam that resulted
in the killing of five terrorists. The sources said the troops
cleared the villages of Shavazai, Khaznikai and Odin Sar on the
road between Jandola and Sararogha. A cache of arms was recovered
in the Tiarza area on the Shakai-Kaniguram Road, where SFs are
conducting a search operation. Four roadside bombs were recovered
and defused by the bomb disposal squad of the Army during a search
operation on the Razmak-Makeen Road. The SFs also reportedly established
a check-post in the Shawal Algad area on the same route.
The troops are reported to have cleared the Ladha
Bridge and recovered arms and ammunition during the operation
in the same area. Sources said the militants launched a rocket
attack on the SFs in the Tauda Cheena area. However, no casualty
was reported in the attack. The political administration officials
told The News that troops were combing suspected locations in
Sararogha, Anger Killay and Wucha Khwar for arms and suspected
militants. A similar operation was also underway in the Shah Wazai,
Kazha Kach and Tora Teeka areas.
Fighter jets bombed the Taliban hideouts in Piazha,
Wozai Kach and the adjacent areas, but there were no reports about
casualties or material losses. Military sources said the troops
had secured Khaisur Killay, Ahmad Gul Killay, Torwam Bridge and
Michikhel Killay in their advance from the Wana side.
The political administration sources said a heavy
exchange of fire was reported between the militants and SFs in
the Maroobi area of Makeen, but there was no word on the casualties
on either side. The sources said both sides used heavy and light
arms during the clash. They said the national flag had been hoisted
on a hilltop in Asman Manza. The troops also fired artillery shells
on suspected Taliban hideouts from the high ground of the Razmak
military camp in North Waziristan.
The SFs launched a counter-offensive after the
militants attacked checkpoints in various areas of Khar subdivision
and killed a tribesman in the Mamond sub-division of Bajaur Agency.
Official sources said that the militants fired several rockets
on the checkpoints in different areas of Khar, headquarters of
Bajaur Agency, targeting military and Government installations.
The SFs subsequently imposed curfew and launched a search operation
in the area. The SFs also targeted hideouts of militants in the
nearby areas with artillery guns, but there was no word on loss
of life. The militants, the sources said, shot dead a tribesman,
Sherzai, and blew up his house in Belot area of Mamond. His body
was found at a desolate place near Belot village.
Militants blew up a girls' school in the Bara
sub-division of Khyber Agency. Tribal sources said the suspected
militants had planted explosives in the compound of Government
Girls Middle School at Ghazi Gul Killay in the Malikdinkhel area
of Bara. The blast destroyed four rooms of the school and created
cracks in the whole structure. No group or individual has claimed
responsibility for the act.
At least 24 Taliban militants surrendered to the
SFs in Bajaur Agency. Political administration officials said
that the 24 militants had surrendered in Saida Shah, Asghar and
Manogai areas of Charmang sub-division and also handed over their
weapons to the SFs.
The Army has captured most of the population centres
and disrupted the terrorists' food supply line in South Waziristan,
military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said. "The myth has
been broken that this was a graveyard for empires and it would
be a graveyard for the army," Abbas told reporters in Sararogha.
"Major town and population centres have been secured," he added.
An ISPR statement said the SFs had completely
cleared Sararogha. "Sararogha has been completely cleared and
fully under control of security forces," it said. They secured
important feature point 1665, south of Janata, and conducted sanitisation
of Khazhikai, Shuza Sar and defused six IEDs. The SFs also consolidated
positions at Ghundai Gur, Tikrai Sar, Sultano, Pungai, Ladha Fort
and Bangel Khel, and carried out search operations at Gani Khel,
Khaikaeh Narai. The ISPR statement said the forces were strengthening
their positions on the Razmak-Makeen axis. They also cleared Blanki
Sar and destroyed six Taliban bunkers.
Six civilians and 12 militants were killed, while
23 people sustained injuries as jetfighters shelled various parts
of the Orakzai Agency. Tribal and official sources said the jet
fighters targeted the hideouts and compounds of the militants
in Ghiljo, Mishti Bazaar, Mazidgarhi and Tor Kanray, killing 12
militants and injuring 17 others. Eight hideouts and four vehicles
were also destroyed in the attack. The sources said that some
of the shells missed the targets and hit houses in Shahukhel area,
killing three women, two minors and a man while injuring six others.
Those killed were identified as Utmankhela, Usmankhela, Naeema
Bibi, Asad, Samina and Abdul Wahid.
The residents of Daburi, Khadezai, Mishti Bazaar,
Sangra, Mandati Killay, Ghiljo, Ferozkhel, Qasimkhel and Utmankhel
have reportedly started migrating to safer locations in Kohat,
Peshawar and Rawalpindi after the Security Forces intensified
shelling in the area.
Heavy artillery shelling by the SFs in Kurram
Agency killed five militants while four militants were killed
when fighter jets targeted their positions in Bajaur Agency.
In Kurram Agency, the SFs targeted the Shashu
Ghund area with artillery, killing five militants and injuring
four others. Tribal sources said the SFs fired 70 artillery shells
at the hideouts of militants in Shashu Ghund. Some of the slain
militants were identified as Hamza, Masood and Saifullah.
Four militants were killed and two others sustained
injuries when fighter planes targeted their hideouts in the Mamond
and Nawagai sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency. Official sources said
the fighter jets heavily bombed the hideouts of militants in Anga
and its adjoining areas in Mamond, destroying several bunkers
and hideouts. There was, however, no word on the loss of life.
SFs, the sources said, also shelled the militants' positions with
artillery and rocket launchers in the Charmang Valley of Nawagai,
killing four militants and injuring two others. The troops also
recovered heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft guns, machine
guns, rocket launchers, Kalashnikov rifles, hand-grenades, thousands
of cartridges and foreign currency, during a search operation
23 militants, belonging to Chinar, Mano, Sor Dagay,
Bar Darra and Manogi areas in Salarzai subdivision, surrendered
to the political administration. The militants also handed over
their weapons to the Government and promised to live peacefully.
SFs claimed killing six more militants in South
Waziristan Agency. A statement of the ISPR said six militants
were killed when they opened small arms fire on the SFs in the
Kund Mela area on the Shakai-Kaniguram Road. Five soldiers, including
an officer, sustained injuries in the attack. In retaliatory fire,
six militants were killed.
On the Jandola-Srarogha axis, the SFs continued
consolidating their positions in Khazhankai, Adirai Mela, Chagmalai
and Siltoi. A roadside bomb exploded near a security patrol, injuring
one officer and two soldiers. On the Razmak-Makeen Road, the troops
destroyed eight bunkers in Lita Sar and Blanai Sar areas. A huge
quantity of weapons was also recovered during a search operation
in Cheena village, said the ISPR.
Azam Tariq, spokesman for the banned TTP, told
a news conference at a secret location in South Waziristan that
the Taliban never thought of Azad (independent) Waziristan, which
was the propaganda of the "pro-US" government in Islamabad. The
TTP spokesman told the journalists that they would continue fighting
the American and NATO troops in Afghanistan. He said the Taliban
in Waziristan had no dispute with the Government of Pakistan and
the Army, as the people of this region were patriots. He alleged
that the Government had risked the country and the people by lending
support to the United States and the TTP would continue its war
till the US control ended. He dissociated the Taliban from the
blasts in civilian areas and claimed the Blackwater agency was
involved in all such attacks. "Look, what it (Blackwater) has
done in Iraq with civilians," said Azam Tariq, adding the security
agency was brought into Pakistan under a well-planned strategy.
An AFP report added that Azam Tariq also said the Taliban's guerrilla
war would expel troops from South Waziristan. "We have not been
defeated. We have voluntarily withdrawn into the mountains under
a strategy that will trap the Pakistan Army in the area," the
Taliban spokesman claimed. "The Army claims they have captured
most of the towns. This is wrong, in fact we have vacated old
forts which we captured from them in previous clashes. The troops
are trapped there and we will retake the area," he said.
Four militants were killed and five others injured
in a US drone missile strike in the Shanakhora village of North
Waziristan. "It was a US drone attack which targeted a militant
compound killing four militants and wounding five others," a senior
security official in the area said. He said two missiles were
fired from a US drone. Another security official confirmed the
attack. "The compound was being used by the Taliban militants,
however it is not clear whether there were any foreign militants
or high-value targets," the official said. Residents in Miranshah,
the capital of North Waziristan, said they heard two loud blasts
just before midnight.
13 militants and a paramilitary soldier were killed
and several other people injured in air raids and clashes in various
parts of the Bajaur Agency. Fighter planes and helicopter gunships
are reported to have targeted militant hideouts in the Speray,
Gatki and Sewai areas of Mamond sub-division. Two relatives of
a militant leader, Maulvi Muneer, were killed when a shell hit
his house in Sewai. One mortar shell hit the house of militant
leader Fam Jan in Kamangara area of Nawagai sub-division, killing
him, his wife and two sons. In addition, four militants were killed
and five others injured in a clash with the Security Forces in
the Charmang area of Nawagai sub-division. The clash erupted when
militants attacked a security post in Bar Cheenar area with heavy
weapons. The fighting, which continued for over an hour, also
left one paramilitary soldier, Sarwar Khan, dead and six others
injured. A girl was injured when a shell fired by militants hit
SFs are reported to have killed seven more Taliban
militants in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South
Waziristan Agency. The SFs "engaged and cleared a Taliban [hideout]
...near Kikrai" on the Jandola-Sararogha front, said an ISPR statement.
"During the clash, seven Taliban were killed," said the ISPR,
adding that troops also consolidated their positions around Tor
Wam, and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
The SFs also reportedly gained control of positions
around Marghaband, and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
They have started clearing compounds in Janata village, and found
some arms and ammunition. The troops are also consolidating their
positions on the Razmak-Makeen front, and found the bodies of
two Taliban militants in Imarkhel Zangi.
The militants killed a FC trooper and his father
in a failed kidnap bid at Darra Ghari in the Orakzai Agency. Tribal
sources said the militants from the banned TTP Darra Adamkhel
chapter headed by Talha kidnapped an FC trooper, identified as
Inayat Ali along with his father Ali Mohsin. The Orakzai-based
pro-government TTP group members, headed by Maulvi Nazeer, are
reported to have chased the militants to secure the release of
the duo. The kidnappers subsequently shot dead the FC trooper
and his father after realising that they could not take them along.
Both the groups later exchanged fire in Darra Ghari area that
resulted in the killing of a militant from the Darra-based group.
A militant commander, identified as Talha, sustained injuries.
19 militants were killed in clashes with the SFs
in the South Waziristan Agency, Khyber Agency and Bajaur Agency.
Tribal and officials sources said five militants were killed and
nine persons, including a soldier, sustained injuries during an
exchange of fire in the Asman Manza area in the Ladha sub-division
of South Waziristan. The clash, which continued for an hour, erupted
when the militants attacked a military camp. SFs and militants
also clashed in the Maidan area in Ladha but there was no word
on casualties. The troops continued search operations in the Rawam
area of Tiarza sub-division and Kaniguram and seized an unspecified
quantity of arms and ammunition. A small arms factory was also
seized in the operation and the SFs established a check-post on
the Ladha Road.
In the Khyber Agency, eight militants were killed
in a clash with the SFs in the Gandao area. Official sources said
the militants attacked a security check-post in Gandao with heavy
arms, prompting the troops to retaliate. The exchange of gunfire
continued for two hours in which eight militants were killed.
Further, a member of the BDU was killed in a roadside explosion
in Bara sub-division. Tribal sources said the BDU members were
clearing the route for the Security Forces' convoy in the Naway
Kamar area in Bara when an explosive device planted by unidentified
militants went off at 10:45 am, killing a BDU member identified
as Ashraf and injuring three soldiers. Soon after the incident,
the SFs cordoned off the area and arrested nine suspected militants
in a search operation. They were identified as Ghulam Muhammad,
Faqeer, Sarteef, Muhammad Usman, Khiyal Wali, Habib, Aqalamin,
Said Ahmed and Sajid.
SFs targeted the hideouts of militants at Charmang
in Nawagai and Hazar town in the Mamond sub-division of Bajaur
Agency with artillery shells and mortar guns, killing six militants
and injuring four others. Four soldiers were killed and three
wounded when the militants attacked their check-post in the Chinar
area. In Khar, a militant was arrested while two others surrendered
to the SFs.
A US drone strike on a compound in North Waziristan
Agency killed eight Taliban militants. Two militants were also
injured in the attack on the building located in Michi Khel village
of Mir Ali revenue-division, 18 kilometres east of agency the
headquarters Miranshah. The targeted compound was owned by two
brothers and the Taliban militants frequently visited the building.
Ahmed Nawaz Dawar, a local tribesman, said the Taliban buried
those killed and took the wounded to a hospital.
SFs killed 14 Taliban militants in Operation
Rah-e-Nijat in the South Waziristan Agency, as six soldiers,
including an officer, were also killed and another four injured.
The ISPR said the SFs secured Lakki Ghundi after an intense battle
with the Taliban. "During the operation, 14 terrorists were killed,
while six soldiers, including an officer embraced martyrdom and
four were injured," it said. SFs cleared Gandil Wala area near
Jandola and launched a search operation in Sarwekai and Paya near
Tiarza. SFs also conducted a mopping up operation at Yargha Khel
near Kaniguram and also discovered a 70-foot tunnel in the area.
Troops also secured Manna, Tut Kasko Khula and Kandao Sar west
of Razmak and secured Laghar Narai as well. The road from Laghar
Narai to Nawazkot was cleared and eight IEDs were neutralised.
A large cache of weapons was recovered, the ISPR added.
The SFs claimed to have killed 13 militants and
conceded one casualty and injuries to five soldiers during an
encounter in the Shahukhel area of Orakzai Agency. Military sources
said the FC launched a ground assault in the Shahukhel area (bordering
Hangu District of NWFP) early in the morning. During the battle,
the sources said 13 militants and one Junior Commissioned Officer
were killed and five soldiers sustained injuries. Tribal sources
said the hideouts and compounds of militants in the Shahukhel
area were bombarded by fighter jets, gunship helicopters and artillery.
The use of jet fighters, however, could not be confirmed officially.
Later, the SFs launched a search operation in the area and arrested
14 militants, but no confirmation of the arrests was available
at the official level.
Talking to reporters from an undisclosed location,
the banned TTP Orakzai chapter spokesman Ziaur Rehman claimed
that no militant was killed in the fighting.
17 militants, including two 'commanders' and two
foreigners were killed and eight others injured in bombing by
fighter planes and clashes between the SFs and militants in different
areas of the Bajaur Agency. Official sources said jet fighters
of the Pakistan Air Force carried out intensive bombing on militant
positions in the Saparay, Kharkay, Gotki and Sewai areas of Mamond
subdivision, killing four militants, including two foreigners,
and injuring five others. Four bunkers, they added, were also
destroyed in the attacks. In another operation, the SFs killed
10 militants and an important 'commander', identified as Rafiullah,
and wounded three others when fierce clashes broke out between
the two sides in the Lois am, Inzari and Rashakai areas. Reports
said the militants had attacked security checkpoints with automatic
weapons, which was retaliated instantly. A local militant 'commander',
whose identity could not be established, was among the dead. The
sources said the SFs also seized huge quantity of weapons after
the clashes. Meanwhile, a militant commander was killed when the
troops shelled his house with artillery guns in the Tarkho area
in Mamond. The house was completely destroyed in the shelling,
the sources added.
Five militants were killed and nine others sustained
injuries in the Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan
Agency. Officials said the troops came under attack from the militants
during their advance towards the Pash Ziarat and Shawal areas.
The SFs retaliated, killing two of the attackers and injuring
five others. The troops subsequently secured control of the Pash
Ziarat area after pushing back the militants, the officials added.
They were now reportedly advancing towards Shawal, they said,
adding a trooper also sustained injury in the clashes. A clash
was also reported from the Asman Manza area of Kaniguram. Officials
said the militants attacked a camp of the SFs from the Murdar
Algad area. Retaliatory fire from the troops resulted in the killing
of three militants. One soldier sustained injuries in the encounter.
The SFs said that they had secured the Ladha-Makeen
Road and started patrolling the Wana-Kaniguram route. The troops
also said they were in full control of the Jandola-Wana Road and
that electricity supply has been restored in Wana, the headquarters
of South Waziristan.
SFs claimed to have killed 17
militants in the Shahukhel area of Orakzai Agency. Official sources
said gunship helicopters targeted the hideouts and compounds of
the militants in the Shahukhel area. Ground forces also used heavy
artillery and took control of the area. The sources said during
the shelling, the SFs killed 17 militants and injured eight others.
In addition, at least 16 militants, including ‘commanders’ Mitha
Khan and Asghar, were arrested during the operation. The gunship
helicopters also targeted militant hideouts in Lal Garhi, Teri
Killay, Kasha and Shaker Tangi. Reports indicated that other parts
of Orakzai Agency, including Daburi, Mamozai and Masjid Garhi,
were targeted by fighter jets, where 13 hideouts of the militants
were destroyed. The sources said SFs also destroyed two FM radio
stations operational in Saiful Darra and Kasha.
Nine more Taliban militants have
been killed in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat in the
South Waziristan Agency. An Inter-Services Public Relations statement
said that three soldiers were also injured in the fighting. The
Security Forces cleared Golden Top west of Pash Ziarat in Tabai
Sar following "intense clashes" with Taliban, and consolidated
their positions around Lakhi Ghund and the Bunker ridge.
Six people were killed when a
shell landed in a civilian area during an exchange of fire between
the militants and SFs at Gagra check-post in the Khyber Agency.
In addition, 19 persons, including seven soldiers, sustained injuries
in the clash. Tribal and official sources said a group of militants
attacked a security check-post at Gagra in the Landikotal Tehsil
(revenue unit), prompting the SFs to retaliate. The sources said
10 mortar shells landed in a market in Landikotal while one of
the shells hit a coach and a pick-up near a filling station, killing
six persons on the spot. Those killed were identified as Ali Syed,
Iqbal, Akhtar Zeb, Arif, Sanaaf and Rehmatullah.
In a joint operation, the SFs
and volunteers of the Khwezai Peace Committee killed a militant
and arrested a ‘commander’ and demolished the houses of three
other militants in the Spinki Tangi area in the Baizai sub-division
of Mohmand Agency. Tribal and official sources said that armed
volunteers of the peace committee raided the houses of two militants,
identified as Nasir Khan and Yousuf Khan, in the Spinki Tangi
area early in the day. An exchange of fire between the volunteers
and militants took place when the latter challenged the former,
the sources said, adding that a member of the peace body, Zarin
Khan, sustained injuries in the two-hour long gunfight. In the
meantime, SFs shelled the positions of militants with artillery
guns from Bhai Dag camp in which an unidentified militant was
killed. The volunteers also arrested a local militant ‘commander’
Abdul Wali and Khan Muhammad, brother of Nasir, and handed them
over to the SFs. The volunteers and troops also demolished the
houses of Nasir, Yousuf and Ibrahim in the area before setting
The SFs recovered a huge quantity
of weapons from the house of a local Taliban ‘commander’ in Bajaur
Agency, officials said. Political administration officials said
that the SFs and political administration raided the house of
the Taliban ‘commander’ at Gatak area in Nawagai sub-division
and recovered a huge cache of arms including explosives, hand
grenades and Kalashnikov rifles. He said the SFs also defused
a bomb at Mamond sub-division of the agency, thwarting a potential
terrorist attack. He added that three Taliban ‘commanders’ surrendered
to the SFs.
SFs killed at least 23 militants
during an operation in the Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of the Khyber
Agency. The SFs were backed by helicopters, tanks, armoured personnel
carriers and heavy artillery. A press release issued by the FC
media cell in Jamrud said that during the day-long operation,
codenamed Khwakh Ba De Sham at least 23 militants were killed
and 36 suspects arrested. 12 explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed
and a huge quantity of arms and ammunitions seized in different
localities of Bara.
The FC said that an important
base of the outlawed LI in Gurgurai was taken over by the SFs
without any significant resistance. Local officials say that LI
militants used the base for most of their attacks. The area also
reportedly has a network of caves, training camps, ammunition
dumps and private jails. Earlier, the SFs had imposed a curfew
in Bara and plugged all points of entry from Orakzai Agency and
Tirah to prevent terrorists’ infiltration and escape. The SFs
erected barricades at Mamanri, Chora, Sheen Kamar and Zawa, destroyed
an illegal Lashkar-e-Islam checkpoint in Merikhel area of Akkakhel
and set up their own post.
Tribal and official sources said
helicopter gunships pounded the hideouts and compounds of militants
in the Daburi, Ghiljo, Khadizai, Mamozai, Tor Smat, Akhunkot,
Mazid Ghari, Saiful Darra, Machiney Killay, Arghanjo and Ghundi
Killay areas of Orakzai Agency, killing 19 militants and injuring
13 others. In addition, seven hideouts and four vehicles owned
by the militants were also destroyed. The helicopter gunships
hit a vehicle in the Ghiljo area in which one person was killed
and another sustained injuries.
Four militants were killed and
several others sustained injuries in clashes with the SFs in the
Khar sub-division of Bajaur Agency. Three members of a family,
including two children, and a prisoner were killed and four others
injured when rockets hit a house in Maminzo area and Bajaur Scouts
headquarters in Khar sub-division early in the day. Sources said
that militants fired a number of rockets on various checkpoints
of the SFs, Levies Force and Bajaur Scouts headquarters. Several
shells landed in the compound of Bajaur Scouts headquarters one
of which hit the lock-up, killing a prisoner and injuring two
troopers. The SFs subsequently retaliated, killing four militants.
Seven more militants were killed
and 10 others arrested as the SFs continued their operations in
the Shahukhel area of the Orakzai Agency. Tribal sources said
the SFs targeted the hideouts of militants in the Shahukhel area,
killing at least seven militants and arresting 10 others. Over
30 militants have been killed in the operation so far.
SFs claimed to have killed three
militants and injured eight others in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in the South Waziristan Agency. Official sources said the SFs
and militants clashed in an area between Asman Manza Nand in the
Ladha sub-division, leaving three militants dead and eight others
injured. The SFs also fired artillery from Asman Manza at the
hideouts of the militants in the Mushta area.
The troops are also reported to
have cleared two areas in Push Ziarat, besides Bangewala and Janjol
areas in Srarogha and Kotkai. Further, ten landmines planted by
the militants in the area were defused. A huge cache of arms and
ammunition abandoned by the militants were also seized. The SFs
continued a search operation in Brund, Maulay Khan, where two
caves being used by the militants were also demolished.
Two women were killed and an equal
number of them were wounded when an artillery shell landed in
a house in the Storikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.
Local sources said three children from the same family were also
injured in the incident.
Dozens of people from Storikhel,
Spin Kamar and other areas have started to migrate to safer locations
as the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham continued for the second day.
According to the locals, the troops targeted the hideouts of militants
in the mountainous Tirah Valley. They said Lashkar-e-Islam militants
were hiding on the Bara side of Tirah while the TTP militants
were living on the Orakzai side of the valley.
18 Taliban militants were killed
and 14 others injured when fighter jets and helicopter gunships
targeted Taliban positions in Orakzai Agency. Seven Taliban hideouts
were also destroyed in the raids. Eight Taliban militants were
killed when fighter jets and helicopter gunships bombed the Chapri
Ferozkhel area of Lower Orakzai, while 10 Taliban militants were
killed in air strikes that targeted Dabori, Alf Khel and Toorsimt
areas of Upper Orakzai. The sources said Security Forces had gained
full control of Shahukhel, defusing eight mines and arresting
four Taliban militants.
Troops arrested a wanted Taliban
militant, identified as Abdullah Shah Mehsud, in South Waziristan.
Abdullah had a head money of PKR 10 million. "Troops arrested
a wanted terrorist, Abdullah Shah Mehsud … from Tank … the head
money has been paid to the informer," said the ISPR. In Jandola,
SFs cleared Bangiwal, Janata, Kunj Mela, Zawar Killi, Gund and
Umar Raghzai, arresting four suspects from Shahu and defusing
10 improvised explosive devices. Troops also cleared Spinkot,
Sharkai Sar near Kot Langarkhel and Narakai, establishing links
in Khuni Mor and Sarwekai and defusing 15 IEDs. Forces also consolidated
their positions in Behram Shah village near Laki Ghund, while
troops cleared 15 compounds in Pash Ziarat and 20 compounds at
Salarai Shag near Kandai Sar. SFs also discovered a training centre
in Tauda China Khula.
Troops used planes to drop leaflets
over North Waziristan Agency to announce rewards on the capture
of leaders and commanders of the TTP. The leaflets carried photographs
and announced head money of eight of the TTP’s 19 main leaders.
The leaflets only gave the names and the head money for the rest.
The leaflets also carried telephone numbers and asked people to
contact authorities if they had any information on the TTP members.
The TTP leaders and commanders mentioned in the leaflets included
Hakeemullah Mehsud with a PKR 50 million head money, Qari Hussain
(PKR 50 million), Waliur Rehman (PKR 50 million), Gurguray (PKR
20 million), Mazloom Yar ( PKR 20 million), TTP spokesman Azam
Tariq (PKR 20 million), Noor Hameed (PKR 20 million), Maulvi Shamim
(PKR 20 million), Muhammad Ismail (PKR 20 million), Jalil Mehsud
(PKR 20 million), Sher Azam (PKR 20 million), Shah Faisal Mehsud
(PKR 20 million), Nisaruddin (PKR 20 million), Azmatullah Bermand
(PKR 20 million), Anwar Kulachi (PKR 10 million), Khan Saeed Duatoi
(PKR 10 million), Asmatullah (PKR 10 million), Abdul Wahab (PKR
10 million) and Abdullah Shah (PKR 10 million).
Troops killed 15 Taliban militants
in the military offensive at South Waziristan, said the ISPR.
"Security forces cleared Narakai after ... a clash ... 15
Taliban were killed and one soldier injured," said the ISPR
in a statement, adding that troops cleared Sarwekai-Siplatoi Road
in the same area, defusing 10 IEDs planted along the road. The
SFs cleared Bangi Wal, Kunj Mela, Raghazai, in addition to 30
houses in Haidri Kuch and 50 houses in Kot Raghazai. They seized
a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a clearance operation
in Zhawar Killi. A clearance operation in Chagh Malai and Tor
Mandao is underway.
The Army conducted a clearance
operation around Pash Ziarat, Wachuba and Kot Bandkhel, defusing
nine IEDs. Troops also cleared 30 compounds in Mad Amir Killi,
and seized a cache of arms and ammunition. A soldier was injured
during a clash in the area. A clearance operation is also underway
in Shaktu Taba village.
A FC statement said troops backed
by helicopter gun ships killed 15 Taliban militants at Khyber
Agency. The Army and the FC mounted the operation in Khyber three
days ago to crack down on militants, some of whom have attacked
convoys supplying foreign troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Military spokesman Major Fazlur Rehman told AFP that three
helicopter gun ships neutralized Taliban positions.
A key anti-Taliban leader was
killed in a bomb attack at Mamoond tehsil (revenue unit)
in Bajaur Agency. According to local sources, three Taliban militants
were injured in the bomb attack. Sources and political administration
officials said Malik Shahpur, who was leading the Mamoond tribe
anti-Taliban lashkar (militia), was killed in the remote-controlled
bomb attack in Badan area of the tehsil. Mamoond Assistant Political
Agent Mohammad Jamil told reporters that the attack was carried
out near a mosque. The locals said Malik was meeting people following
Friday prayers when the bomb went off.
Troops killed four militants during
a search operation in the Bara town of Khyber Agency. "Four militants
were killed and several others were wounded in search operations
in different parts of Bara," a senior military official said.
Four militants were killed in
Wana, the capital of South Waziristan Agency. "Troops retaliated
after militants fired rockets at their camp in Wana. Four militants
were killed and two were arrested," a local military spokesman
The SFs killed
61 militants and arrested 85 others during the ongoing Operation
Khwakh Bad-e-Shum in the Khyber Agency, security officials said.
Briefing reporters at the Bara Fort, operation in-charge Brigadier
Fayyaz Khan said 25 vehicles were also destroyed during the operation.
Brigadier Khan said the SFs had captured several important areas
and hideouts in the Tirah valley and had also destroyed several
terrorist centres. He said the SFs also recovered tunnels in Bara,
where the terrorists used to keep abducted people. Brigadier Khan
stated that the troops were advancing towards Gurgury and Shin
Qamar areas, believed to be the strongholds of the outlawed LI.
by the ISPR said two SF personnel were injured in clearing operations
in the South Waziristan Agency during Operation Rah-e-Nijat. The
ISPR said the SFs carried out clearing operations at Kulal Raghzai
and consolidated positions in the Jandola sector. It also said
that militants fired four rockets at Ladha Fort in the Shakai
sector, injuring one soldier. "The security forces also carried
out a clearing operation near Asman Manza area," the ISPR
added. In the Razmak sector, militants fired rockets, mortars
and small arms at Pash Ziarat and Kam Narakai, according to the
were killed and 13 others injured when the SFs raided militants’
training camps in the Dhol Ragha area of Kurram Agency. Seven
injured militants, including their commander, were arrested and
three hideouts destroyed, officials said. The sources said that
10 militants were killed and seven others injured in the fresh
offensive in Dhol Ragha. A huge quantity of arms and ammunition
was seized and five vehicles laden with weapons were destroyed.
Six militants were reportedly arrested in the Badama area of central
An AFP report
added that Major Fazlur Rehman, a spokesman for the Frontier Corps,
said the militants had arrived in Kurram Agency from South Waziristan
Agency where an army operation was underway.
At least four
militants were killed and seven others sustained injuries when
the SFs attacked the headquarters of the proscribed TTP in the
Dabori area of upper Orakzai Agency. Several hideouts of the TTP
were destroyed in the Dabori bazaar and its outskirts when artillery
shells fired from the nearby Shahu Khel area in Hangu District
in the NWFP slammed into them.
gunmen killed three tribal leaders in Orakzai Agency, official
sources said. The unidentified gunmen killed the tribal chiefs
when they ambushed their vehicle in Oblan area. The deceased were
identified as Malik Gul Haider, Malik Sabz Ali and Malik Mir Aslam
The SFs killed
four militants in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. The
SFs conducted a search and a clearance operation in Kamarkhel
and Dorra on the outskirts of Bara.
The SFs also
cleared Dunai Killi, the remaining portion of Janata and seized
a huge cache of weapons during Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South
Waziristan in the last 24 hours, an ISPR statement said. "The
security forces conducted patrolling in areas around Bxu, Bakka
Khel, Rucha, Bapsa, Sagai and Talib Khel," it added. The
ISPR also said the SFs arrested 10 suspected terrorists during
search operations in two different areas of Swat and Malakand
in the NWFP.
a number of areas in the Warh Mamond and Nawagai sub-divisions
of Bajaur Agency, killing four militants and injuring three others.
Official sources said the Security Forces targeted positions of
militants in the Kharkay, Anga, Almazo and Gotki areas in Mamond
sub-division and Sharif Khana and Shah Khana in Nawagai.
Mulla Launcher and one of his accomplices were killed and six
others sustained injuries in clashes with the SFs in various areas
of Kurram Agency. In addition, the SFs arrested three militants
along with some heavy weapons while the militants blew up a key
bridge on the Parachinar-Peshawar Road in Arawali area.
In Bajaur Agency,
militants are reported to have attacked security checkpoints on
the outskirts of the main town of Khar. "It was an organised
attack. Troops effectively repulsed it, and five militants were
killed in the retaliatory fire," said Fazal Rabbi, deputy
commander of the local tribal police force.
Forces arrested Taliban ‘commander’ Hayatullah and his two associates
from the Larmai area of Mamoond sub-division in Bajaur Agency.
were killed and their three hideouts destroyed in strikes carried
out by the PAF fighter jets in the Ferozkhel area of the Orakzai
Agency. Official and tribal sources said fighter jets targeted
the hideouts and compounds of militants in the Ferozkhel area,
killing eight militants and destroying their three hideouts and
four houses. The sources added that the jets also destroyed an
arms depot of the militants.
were killed and 13 injured when a bus carrying a marriage party
hit a landmine in the Safi sub-division of Mohmand Agency. A political
administration official said Amanullah, resident of Qala Gai Lakaro,
Baseer Khan, Safi Jan, Haji Bakht Noor, resident of Landi Arbab,
the driver Khaista Rehman, resident of Haleemzai, and an unidentified
person were killed in the incident. The injured, including Amroz,
Saifullah, Hamayatulalh Khan, Rukhsana and Ayesha, were taken
to a hospital where four of them were said to be in critical condition.
Around 40 Taliban
militants attacked an Army checkpoint in Wana of FATA, killing
one SF. Six Taliban militants were also killed in the retaliatory
firing of the SFs. "Soldiers at the checkpoint on a bridge
in Wana retaliated after coming under fire on Friday night,"
said an unnamed Security official adding that "There were
30 to 40 Taliban who first fired rocket-propelled grenades at
our post and then opened fire with AK-47 rifles which killed one
of our soldiers. But we retaliated and killed six of them."
in Ladha of South Waziristan killed one SF, as troops continue
the ongoing military operation in the region. "A soldier
was martyred when militants shot and killed him in Ladha,"
the Inter-Services Public Relations said.
35 Taliban militants, including three important commanders, during
search operations in Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency.
former TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud’s right-hand ‘commander’, Rafiuddin,
along with five other terrorists in Hangu, official sources said
adding the SF had also killed a Taliban commander. The Taliban
commander Zahir Shah was killed during a military operation in
Tal area of Hangu.
were killed and many others sustained injuries in attacks by fighter
jets in lower parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Tribal sources
said the fighter jets pounded the compounds and hideouts of militants
in lower parts of the tribal agency, including Saifal Darra, Shakarkand
and Sra Gharai, killing eight militants and injuring many others.
Also, three hideouts and five vehicles of the militants were destroyed
in the raid.
Four SF personnel
were seriously injured in a roadside bomb blast in the Chinari
area of the Mohmand Agency. Official sources said SFs were patrolling
the Chinari area in Safi sub-division when their vehicle struck
a remote-controlled device planted by the militants. Four soldiers
sustained injuries in the blast.
tribal elders, identified as Khan Wali and Rehmatullah, were killed
and another two were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast
near a mosque in Malangi area under Mamond tehsil (revenue unit)
of FATA. The injured persons were identified as Abdul Wadud and
Abdul Hadi. "Two tribesmen were killed and two were injured
in the blast. The bomb was planted outside a mosque," senior
Police official Fazal Rabbi said. An intelligence official in
the area confirmed the incident and said both tribesmen were respected
elders who spoke out against the Taliban.
bombed Kharki, Gatki and Sparay areas of Salarzai tehsil and Banda
area of Mamoond tehsil. No casualties were reported.
militants were killed and several others sustained injuries in
different areas of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The official sources
added that fighter jets pounded suspected hideouts of insurgents
in Kharkay, Gotki, Anga and Banda areas in which four militants
were killed and several others injured. Two hideouts were also
destroyed in air raids.
reports that three militants were killed when explosives stored
in a house went off in the Damadola area in the Mamond Sub-Division.
The house was reportedly being used by militants as their hideout
and was completely destroyed in the blast.
A fierce clash
took place in the Chinar area of Charmang Valley in the Nawagai
Sub-Division when militants attacked SFs. The official sources
said one militant was killed and several others sustained injuries
in the clash.
a search operation in Inayat Killay, the second business hub of
the Bajaur tribal region near Khar headquarters, and arrested
five militants and recovered weapons from their possession.
belonging to Sor Dagai, Chinar and Lara Darra areas in Salarzai,
surrendered along with their weapons before SFs in Khar town.
A US missile
strike killed at least three civilians in a village near Mir Ali,
a main town in North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border of
FATA. The official sources also confirmed that the missiles destroyed
a car carrying three people.
Two Arab nationals
were killed in a missile strike on a car by the CIA -operated
spy planes at Spalga village in North Waziristan of FATA in the
morning. A senior Government official based in Miranshah, the
headquarters of North Waziristan, told by telephone that the drone
fired two missiles on the car. He said two Arab nationals were
travelling in the car when it was struck by the drone. Four drones
were flying at the time of the attack over the area. The Taliban
sources also confirmed that both the men killed in the drone attack
were foreigners and belonged to Saudi Arabia. Both of them had
just left their homes and were on their way to the Afghan border,
where they were supposed to meet their colleagues, the Taliban
sources said. They said the identity of the two ‘guest fighters’
could not be ascertained as their bodies had been blown apart.
A tribesman of Spalga village, Hafiz Rasool, told The News by
telephone that the car was torn into pieces after being hit by
The SFs arrested
13 suspected militants in the last 24 hours during Operation Rah-e-Nijat
and Rah-e-Rast in South Waziristan. According to a statement by
the ISPR, the SFs carried out a search operation at Ziarat in
the Jandola sector and also cleared Ospana Raghazai in the Shakai
sector. Clearance and search operations at Kudi Ghar Sar, Nanu
and Khaisura are underway. Taliban militants fired six rockets
at Spin Jamaat, which were responded to effectively. The forces
also cleared 46 compounds, including a training centre at Marobi
West and defused nine improvised explosive devices in the Razmak
sector. The Taliban also fired 10 rockets and fired Kalashnikov
rounds at the Saidullah Post near Dua Khula and Pash Ziarat, to
which SFs retaliated.
cash cards have also been issued to displaced families of South
militants were killed in the military operation in Bajaur Agency
of FATA. Political administration officials said that three Taliban
militants were killed in clashes between SFs and militants in
the Chinar area in Nawagai tehsil (revenue division) of the Bajaur
The SFs neutralised
a militant plot and defused three powerful remote-controlled bombs
at Mamond tehsil (revenue division) of the Bajaur Agency.
The SFs arrested
11 suspected Taliban militants from Khawaza Khela tehsil (revenue
division), while two Taliban militants, including a key Taliban
‘commander’, surrendered before the SFs in Charbagh tehsil, officials
militants were arrested at Miachan Baba in Shakai sector. The
SFs also cleared 25 compounds at Tara Tiza Alghad and Mairobi
Raghzai in Razmak sector and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition.
The SFs cleared
Aka Khel Pungai near Ahmadwam and Abdullah Noor Kaskai near Kotkai
in Jandola sector during the latest action in Operation Rah-e-Nijat
and destroyed several improvised explosive devices. The SFs also
cleared Ghujre, two kilometres north of Pash Ziarat, and destroyed
tunnels and underground bunkers.
The SFs sources
said that 589 Taliban militants have so far been killed in Operation
Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan, while 79 of their personnel died.
According to a statement by the ISPR, a large cache of arms and
ammunition had also been recovered from different terrorist hideouts
since the operation began.
Taliban militants blew up a boy’s school in Bara tehsil (revenue
unit) of Khyber Agency in FATA in the night. Sources said that
unidentified Taliban militants arrived at the Government High
School for Boys at Shlobar and abducted the school watchman. Later,
the militants blew up the school. However, no casualty was reported.
Taliban blew up two schools in Khyber Agency, officials said.
They said most of the buildings were reduced to rubble but no
one was injured. "Both main school buildings were completely
destroyed," said Shafeerullah Wazir, the top Administrative
Official of the District, adding only two classrooms remained
standing in the two adjacent schools. Wazir said the Taliban had
buried large quantities of dynamite around the outer walls of
the schools. "Both Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam are involved
in this act," he said.
15 Taliban militants in ongoing operations in Khyber Agency and
South Waziristan of FATA. The SFs targeted militant hideouts in
Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber, killing 10 militants in
Zava area of Tirah valley, official sources said. Sources said
that troops also destroyed four militant hideouts in the area,
adding that three militants, including a commander, were arrested
during a search operation in Akakhel area of Bara.
five militants, while a trooper was killed in the clashes in South
Waziristan. The ISPR said the SFs cleared the Nanu area and destroyed
militant hideouts in Barwand, including that of Taliban commander
Waliur Rehman. The SFs also cleared Partigai area near Ahmadwam
and Kazha Kats, and also secured 30 militant’s compounds in the
area around Abdullah Nur Kaskai, Bangiwala and Aka Khel Pungai.
The SFs conducted a search operation in Marobi Raghozai near Makeen
and neutralised an ammunition factory, along with a cache of arms
at least 17 Taliban militants in the ongoing military operations
in FATA. In Orakzai Agency, nine Taliban militants were killed
and two of their hideouts destroyed in air strikes on Ghiljo and
Mamoonzai tehsils (revenue unit), Paramilitary Force spokesman
Major Fazalur Rehman said. They included a man identified as a
local Taliban ‘commander’, Bacha Akbar, Military spokesman Major
Mushtaq Khan said.
were killed and 20 others injured when troops clashed with the
LI in Shalobar area of Bara tehsils (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency.
The clash occurred when troops raided a house in the area.
militant was killed in Charmang area of Nawagai tehsils (revenue
unit) of Bajaur Agency.
were arrested from the Mamoond tehsils (revenue unit) of Bajaur
Agency. The SFs also destroyed two Taliban hideouts in Nawagai.
A top al Qaeda
leader, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was killed in a drone missile strike
in South Waziristan of FATA. Yahya managed to escape from the
Bagram Airbase of Afghanistan in 2005. He was born in Libya in
1963 and enjoyed close relations with Osama bin Laden and Ayman
al Zawahri. United States authorities had offered a bounty of
USD five million for his capture, dead or alive. According to
an ISPR statement, no US drone hit South Waziristan on December
10. Since August 2008, at least 65 such strikes have killed around
a Jannat (heaven) in South Waziristan Agency, in which militants
used to brainwash suicide bombers. According to ISPR, a team of
journalists visited the jannat at Nawaz Kot area of the agency.
The ‘heaven’ consisted of four rooms. Each room contains beautiful
paintings of running canals of milk and honey surrounded by hoors
(maidens of paradise). Conducting Officer Major Saleem said Taliban
clerics showed the jannat to the would-be suicide bombers to convince
them that once they blew themselves up they would enjoy a status
equivalent to that of the companions of Prophet Muhammad. He said
they were also told that they would live forever in the company
of beautiful hoors. He said SFs had also seized hate literature,
CDs, hashish and other drugs from the site. The official said
two would-be suicide bombers and their trainers were also arrested
from the place.
At least 10
Taliban militants were killed during the ongoing military operation
in the Kurram Agency of FATA. The killed Taliban militants included
a ‘commander’ wanted by Police in several incidents of sabotage
and insurgency. The SFs launched a massive operation in Marghan,
Dogar, Gawadar, Zangey and Terley area. The SFs are advancing
into other areas and have destroyed four Taliban hideouts so far.
They have also seized a large amount of ammunition and explosive
were killed while more than 150 suspects arrested in the Bara
tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency. Officials said the
SFs retaliated when Taliban militants fired at them in the Shalobar
area of Bara during the operation, jointly conducted by the Army
and the Frontier Corps.
party of the Levies Force escaped a remote-controlled bomb attack
in the Kotki area of Khar tehsil in Bajaur Agency. They said 19
suspects had been arrested in search operations. The sources said
a bomb went off during a routine patrol of the Levies Force, while
another remote-controlled blast occurred in the Nawagai bazaar.
The SFs also
captured an underground cave in South Waziristan Agency that was
used as a depot by the Taliban militants for storing arms and
heavy weapons, besides seizing a large cache of foreign-made weapons.
Major Saleem of the army told the journalists that the SFs had
also recovered a 22-pound cannon that could strike long-range
targets. He said the seized foreign weapons included anti-aircraft
guns, missiles, rocket launchers, mortar guns, hand grenades and
The SFs arrested
two suspects from Ghalanai tehsil of Mohmand Agency. According
to the Mohmand Agency’s political administration, one of the suspects
was arrested from Kashmir Kor by the SFs while the second was
arrested by the Ghalanai tehsildar.
The SF killed
at least seven militants in Kurram tribal region of FATA. Two
soldiers also died in the fighting, officials told the Associated
Press on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised
to speak to the media. People began fleeing the area after SF
urged villagers to leave, the officials said. Reuters quoted administration
officials and intelligence agents as saying that the SF, backed
by artillery and fighter aircraft, had attacked terrorists in
Kurram and destroyed 10 of their hideouts. 20 militants and 12
SF personnel were also injured in the exchange of fire.
militants blew up and set ablaze the houses of eight Government
officials in Sharif Khana of Charmang area in Nawagai sub-division
of Bajaur Agency. The sources said that militants first blew up
one by one all the eight houses located in Sharif Khana, some
20 kilometres from Khar headquarters, and then set ablaze all
the structures. The houses were completely destroyed in the blasts
and fire. No casualty was reported as the families had abandoned
the houses when the military operation was launched against militants
in the area. Eyewitnesses said that eight Government Officials
identified as Abdul Kabeer, Nazifullah, Mujtaba, Abdul Hadi, Muhammad
Zubair, Abdul Khaliq and Muhammad Aziz were earlier living in
these houses. Nobody claimed responsibility for the act.
The SFs killed
18 Taliban militants in the ongoing military operations in FATA.
The SFs killed five Taliban militants in Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in South Waziristan, the ISPR said. It said the SFs killed four
militants at Mola Khan Sarai in the Shakai sector, while a trooper
was also injured during the clash. Another militant was killed
and a soldier injured during a clash in the Razmak sector.
were killed when helicopter gunships targeted a terrorists’ vehicle
in Kurram Agency.
two Taliban militants and injured another three militants in various
areas of Khar and Nawagai in Bajaur Agency.
out an operation at village Tanga Patai and destroyed nine IEDs
and recovered a cache of arms from the area.
militants blew up a girls’ school in Saddokhel area of Khyber
Agency in FATA. Local residents said it was the second attack
on Malik Ashraf Killi Primary School. They said as many as 200
girls were enrolled in the school. Political administration and
security officials also visited the site and warned Afghanistan
nationals to vacate the area within a week. "They are Taliban.
They are the same people who do not want children to get education,"
Rahim Gul Khattak, a senior administration official said.
36 Taliban militants in separate military operations in Orakzai,
Bajaur and Kurram Agencies of FATA. Sources said that 25 Taliban
militants were killed when gunship helicopters pounded their hideouts
in the Khost Sturi Khel and Sultanzai areas of Orakzai Agency.
They also said three hideouts and two vehicles were also destroyed
in the attack. An important training centre at Sultankhel was
sources said SFs killed nine Taliban militants in Kurram Agency.
two Taliban militants and injured two other militants in Charmang,
Mamoond and Nawagai tehsils of Bajaur Agency. Eighteen Taliban
surrendered to security forces in Inayat Killay and various parts
of Mamoond tehsil (revenue unit).
also pounded suspected Taliban hideouts in Tarali, Sultani, Tari
Tank, Dogar and Alwara Mela. As many as five Taliban militants
were injured and several of their hideouts were destroyed. Orakzai
is believed to be the base of Hakeemullah Mehsud, leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan, and is part of Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghanistan
a cache of arms and ammunition in South Waziristan Agency. SFs
also cleared Aqhzar, Tauda Uba, Jani Kot and arrested two suspects.
They also consolidated their positions in Shakai sector.
search operation near Tara Tiza and neutralised 22 militant hideouts,
including two tunnels (35 feet long) in Razmak sector. SFs successfully
established link up at village Zawar near Ghariom. In Pash Ziarat,
15 militant hideouts were neutralised and a cache of arms was
Rah-e-Raast’ in Malakand Division, SFs recovered a cache of arms
from Lalkhu Gharai, Batku, Hatrang, Tangar, Darogzar and Bashkhela.
SFs also conducted a search operation in Tutaki near Matta, Manglaur,
Charbagh, Harichand, Devolai, Imamdherai and Tighak-Galoch and
arrested 17 Taliban militants.
militants surrendered at Shahdand Banda and Bara Banda.
The SFs killed
49 Taliban militants in separate military actions in the FATA.
"At least 18 militants were killed when helicopters pounded
Toori Khel town of Orakzai Agency when they (militants) were holding
an important meeting," paramilitary spokesman Major Fazlur
Rehman said. Local Administration Official Riaz Khan confirmed
the toll and said four more were killed in air strikes in the
Sultanzai town of Orakzai Agency.
The SFs lunched
a ground and air offensive in Dagar town in the Kurram Agency,
killing 21 Taliban militants, paramilitary spokesman Major Fazlur
Rehman said. However, Dawn put the death toll to 27. Another 18
Taliban militants were arreted from the same town.
militants and one soldier were killed in the raids and clashes
in the South Waziristan.
As many as
four persons were killed and 27 others were injured when unidentified
militants hurled grenades at the participants of a music concert
at Shah Kas area in Jamrud tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber
Agency in FATA.
25 suspected militants, including a ‘commander’, Syed Noor, during
a search operation in Shalober, Qamberkhel and Akakhel area of
Bara sub-division in Khyber Agency.
A key al Qaeda
operative, Zohaib Al-Zahidi, and seven other foreigners were among
17 persons killed in two separate drone strikes in North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. Zohaib Al-Zahidi was an important al Qaeda cadre
involved in planning and executing several militant attacks in
Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the first attack, five US drones
fired at least 10 missiles at two houses in the Ambarshaga area
killing at least 15 people. Another US drone killed two Taliban
militants as it fired two missiles at their vehicle around 4 AM
(PST) in Godi Wala village in Datta Khel tehsil (revenue division),
40 kilometres west of Miranshah. Official sources said the first
missile missed the target due to which several militants escaped,
while two of them were killed by the second missile. However,
The News put the death to 16.
including three SF personnel and three Taliban militants, were
killed while five SF personnel injured in two separate attacks
in Bara tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency in FATA. The
sources said two SF personnel were killed when a remote-controlled
bomb struck a security convoy in the Malikdin Khel area of Bara
tehsil. In the second incident, the Taliban militants attacked
a security check post in the Feroz Khel area, close to the Orakzai
Agency border. A SF official was killed while five others were
injured in the attack. Three Taliban militants were also killed
when SFs retaliated.
by fighter jets killed 16 Taliban militants and injured another
22 when they targeted militant hideouts in various areas of Orakzai
Agency in the FATA. Sources said the jets destroyed four hideouts
in Dabori, Ghalju, Mamuzai and Malpati areas of Upper Orakzai.
A US drone
fired four missiles in the Shagga village of North Waziristan,
killing eight Taliban militants and injuring five others. The
US drone struck at around 3:30pm (IST) in Pyekhel area of Dattakhel
tehsil (revenue division), 25 kilometres west of Miranshah. "The
US drone fired four missiles, hitting a house, a compound and
some makeshift buildings," a Security Official in Peshawar
said. "It looks like some key Taliban or al Qaeda figures
are hiding in this area, and that’s why the drones are targeting
this area again and again." An official said, "Our informers
told us that the Taliban had gathered to attend the funeral prayers
of those killed December 17’s missile attacks," he said.
SFs in South
Waziristan neutralised 30 bunkers and compounds, which were previously
being used by the Taliban militants. The SFs conducted a search
operation in Song Khula near Asman Manza and destroyed a watchtower
that was used by the Taliban militants. The Taliban militants
fired with small arms at a SFs checkpost near Razmak, injuring
militants destroyed a boys’ college in Alamgodar area of Bara
tehsil (revenue division) in Khyber Agency. The sources said that
the militants attacked the college in the early hours of morning.
They tied up the guard with ropes and blew up the building using
explosives. The sources said 20 rooms of the college were completely
14 suspected militants during a search operation in the Malakdin
Khel and Qambar Khel areas of Bara tehsil.
20 militants in operations across the FATA. The SFs killed six
militants in Bara tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency and
arrested another four militants during a search operation in the
area. The six militants were killed when they tried to attack
the Janki Post in Bara, while the militants were arrested from
the Shalobar area. The SFs also blew up the house of LI ‘commander’
six militants and neutralised three militant’s hideouts in the
Orakzai Agency. Also, unidentified gunmen shot dead two militants
in the area. The helicopter gunships pounded Feroz Khel and Shaikhan
areas of Lower Orakzai, killing six militants and neutralised
three of their hideouts. The two bodies of militants were recovered
from Sanpaga Kandao area of Upper Orakzai.
six militants in the Razmal area in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat
in South Waziristan. "Security forces conducted a search
operation in Lowara Punga near Mana. During the encounter six
terrorists were killed," The Inter-Services Public Relations
said. The SFs secured Sain Tanga and Malik Shahi areas in South
Waziristan and arrested four suspects during the clearance operation
in several areas of the Jandola sector.
search operations in several areas of the Jandola sector in South
Waziristan and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunitions.
SFs also conducted
a search operation in Badam Shah near Pash Ziarat and neutralised
three militant compounds, two bunkers and a tunnel and cleared
four suspected houses.
fired rockets and small arms at a SFs patrol near Mana, which
was effectively retaliated. SFs also cleared 52 compounds in various
areas and recovered a cache of arms.
In North Waziristan,
the SFs conducted a search of Waziristan Hotel in Miran Shah and
arrested two militants and recovered three grenades and a jacket
militants were killed and three others arrested in the ongoing
operation Rah-e-Nijat in the South Waziristan Agency of the FATA.
The ISPR sources said the militants fired with small arms at the
SFs check-post near Janata, which was effectively retaliated.
In the Shakai sector, the ISPR said, the militants engaged SFs
positions in Pungai near Ladha from southwest of Narakai. During
the ensuing clash, two militants were killed, ISPR said. In the
Razmak sector, militants attacked the SFs check-post near Mana
and Pash Ziarat, which was effectively retaliated.
At least 17
Taliban militants were killed and another eight injured as the
SFs, backed by helicopter gunships, continued their offensive
against terrorists in Orakzai Agency of FATA. A private news channel
said helicopter gunships pounded militant’s hideouts in the region,
killing seven militants and injuring another eight. Six more militants
were killed in Ferozekhel during a encounter with the SFs. Ihsanullah,
an important Taliban ‘commander’, was also among the dead. However,
another TV channel claimed that Ihsanullah’s killing was a result
of clash between two militant groups.
The SFs killed
four militants in separate clashes during the Operation Rah-e-Nijat
(Path to Salvation) in South Waziristan. Sources said that two
militants were killed and two injured in Nazar Khel near Gani
Khel. The SFs killed two more militants during a search operation
The SFs conducted
a search operation in Janata area and recovered an unspecified
number of arms and ammunitions.
A girl’s school
was bombed in Kamar Khel area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency
by unidentified militants. Sources said that the militants planted
explosives in Government Girls Middle Schools. The blast damaged
the compound and rooms of the school, a local said. Moreover,
the continuing curfew has forced the closure of all educational
institutions in Bara.
The SFs discovered
and defused a roadside landmine in Shin Drang area. Officials
said that militants had planted the bomb to target the SFs.
10 Taliban militants in Bajaur Agency of FATA after they came
under attack in Charmang area of Nawagai tehsil (revenue unit).
Taliban militants attacked two check posts in Charmang area, upon
which the SFs killed 10 of the militants in retaliatory fire.
However, The News put the militant fatalities to 12.
In the Bara
tehsil, SFs arrested five suspected persons, including a wanted
militant, during a search operation.
The SFs neutralised
a house in Akakhel area and arrested a Taliban ‘commander’ Malki
Khan, his two brothers and a son.
Three SF personnel
were injured when militants fired rockets at two military check
posts in Chamarkand area of Mohmand Agency late in the night.
Tribal sources said the militants fired rockets at Marjan-I and
Marjan-II check posts in Chamarkand area in Safi tehsil (revenue
unit). Three troopers on duty at the checkpoints were injured
in the attack. In retaliation, the SFs pounded the hideouts of
militants with artillery cannons but there was report on any human
and material losses inflicted on the militants.
The SFs shot
dead nine suspected Taliban militants in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A Government official Muhammed Yasin said the Pakistan Army had
killed at least nine suspected Taliban militants in the country’s
northwest tribal region near the Afghanistan border. The Army
had used helicopter gunships to destroy three Taliban hideouts
in Orakzai Agency, he added further.
The SFs arrested
a militant during a search operation in Nawagai area of Bajaur
surrendered before the SFs in Lagharai area of Mamond tehsil in
The SFs neutralised
the house of a militant ‘commander’ in Mamond by using explosives,
besides targeting several militant positions in Mulla Said area
with artillery shells and mortar guns.
militants were killed in Orakzai and Mohmand Agencies of the FATA
as SFs continued operations against the Taliban militants. Six
militants were killed and 11 injured when helicopter gunships
bombed militant hideouts in the Orakzai Agency, officials said.
Political Administration officials said that SFs attacked militant
hideouts in areas close to the border with Hangu, killing six
militants and injuring 11, adding that two militant hideouts were
also neutralised in the attacks. A clash between SFs and militants
left at least four militants dead and seven injured in Mohmand
Agency. According to security officials, the clash occurred in
the Chamarkand area in the night of December 24. SF personnel
have started search operations in various areas of the Mohmand
militants were killed and two injured when a US drone fired two
missiles at a suspected militant compound in North Waziristan.
The sources said that the missiles hit the house of a local, Asmatullah,
in Danday Saidgy village, 20 kilometres north of Miranshah, at
around 7pm (PST). Another Security official confirmed the drone
strike to AFP, adding that Asmatullah had links with the Taliban.
were killed and two others injured in a clash between two banned
militants groups, Ansar-ul-Islam and Lashkar-e-Islam, in the Tirrah
Valley of Khyber Agency. Political administration officials said
that armed militants of the two groups were using heavy weaponry
to target rival hideouts in the valley. The SFs fired at hideouts
of Lashkar-e-Islam, neutralizing two of them.
militants assassinated an anti-Taliban tribal elder and dumped
his beheaded dead body by the roadside in Bajaur Agency. According
to a local official, Gul Muhammad (42), an elder of the Salarzai
tribe, had been actively participating in raising a village militia
to battle the Taliban in the region. "The body of Gul Muhammad
was found this morning in Mamund village," Faramosh Khan, the
official, said. "A note found on the beheaded body said that anyone
who would join the militia against the Taliban would be killed
in the same manner," he added.
A US missile
attack that demolished a suspected Taliban compound in North Waziristan
killed 13 militants. A US drone slammed two missiles into the
building in Danday Saidgi village, seven kilometres north of Miranshah,
official sources said. "The Taliban have recovered more dead
bodies from the debris today (December 27). We have reports that
a total of 13 terrorists were killed and three injured,"
an intelligence official in Miranshah said. "One of the local
‘commander’, Abdur Rehman, was also killed," he added. "The
compound was used by local Taliban attached to the Haqqani network,
which has attacked US troops in Afghanistan," said another
Senior Security Official.
militants were killed and 14 injured in attacks on militant hideouts
and in a clash between militants and tribesmen in Orakzai Agency.
Sources said that air strikes pounded militant hideouts in Sturikhel
area of Orakzai Agency, killing five militants and injuring eight
others. The sources said three militant hideouts were also neutralised
in the strikes.
were killed and six injured in a clash between militants and members
of the Sturikhel tribe. Sources said the militants had been threatening
members of the Sturikhel tribe in a bid to stop them from enrolling
in the Frontier Corps. They said the situation had escalated to
such an extent that a clash erupted between the militants and
members of the tribe firing at each other. Resultantly, three
militants were killed and six others injured.
militants blew up the home of a Government official in Kurram,
killing him and five children as they slept, officials said. "Unknown
assailants planted dynamite near the boundary wall of the house
and exploded it between 2-3 AM (PST), completely destroying the
house," Abab Ali, an Administration Official, told AFP by
telephone. A junior local official, Sarfraz Khan, one of his sons
and four other relatives died. Three other relatives were wounded,"
the official, those killed were aged five to 11. We don’t know
who was responsible," he added.
At least 15
militants were killed in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path
to Salvation) in South Waziristan Agency of FATA, a press released
issued by the ISPR said. The militants raided Boya Narai Post
in South Waziristan Agency. SFs retaliated and as a result 15
militants were killed including militant ‘commander’ Zainual.
Two Security personnel, Lance Havaldar Sikandar and Havaldar Aftab
were killed while three others were injured during the gun battle.
Soon after successful retaliation the SFs conducted search and
clearance operation in Marobi Raghzai and Zhawar Killi in Razmak
sector and a compound in Landi Wah near Lakki in Shakai sector
and recovered a cache a large cache of arms and ammunition.
which was started between Taliban and a tribal militia in Orakzai
Agency on December 27, killed 15 persons more. The clashes broke
out when Taliban fighters attacked homes and trenches dug by the
anti-Taliban militia in the Sturikhel area of Orakzai Agency.
Eight Taliban militants were killed and 14 injured on December
27. Security officials said the Taliban destroyed several houses
and killed nine men from a rival militia, which was set up to
challenge the Taliban who hold sway in parts of Orakzai. "They
also killed local tribal elder Malik Sharif and took over his
house," one official said. "We have reports that nine
militia men and six militants have been killed. The fighting is
still going on," a Security official based in the neighbouring
garrison city of Kohat said by telephone.
Two SF personnel
were killed when suspected militants attacked a checkpost in Chamarkand
with rockets in the night. Five SF personnel were also injured.
Troops retaliated quickly and killed one militant and injured
several others. Militant hideouts were pounded with artillery,
but there was no report about casualties.
militants blew up a shop located along the Pak-Afghan Highway
in Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency.
seven militants from Bara tehsil of Khyber agency.
including four children and a woman, and two SF personnel were
killed in an exchange of fire and shelling in Mohmand Agency of
FATA during last 24 hours. Local people said the children were
killed when a mortar shell hit a playground in Sagai Bala area
of Safi tehsil (revenue unit). Another shell hit the house of
Qazi in Chamarkand area, killing a woman.
militants killed one trooper of the Bajaur Levies, Havaldar Mukarram
Khan, in Inayat Qila Bazaar of Khar tehsil.
gunships pounded militant’s positions in Shiekh Baba, Soran Dara,
Golono and Sagai areas.
militants detained a freelance journalist working for the Associated
Press (AP) for shooting in the volatile tribal region in violation
of a ban imposed by them in Miranshah of North Waziristan. Taliban
spokesman Ahmadullah Ahmadi said by phone from somewhere in North
Waziristan that the reporter had been taken into ‘custody’ for
violating the ban. He said the detained reporter identified himself
as Mohammad Rashid and was working for AP, an American wire service.
He said the 45-year-old journalist was arrested by a group of
Taliban fighters while making video of motor bargain centres in
the evening of December 27. He belongs to Rawalpindi, said Ahmadi.
Miranshah is the hub of non-custom paid expensive cars smuggled
into the area from Afghanistan. Dealers come from all over Pakistan
and buy these vehicles and take them to other parts of the country.
The Taliban spokesman said they seized a car, an expensive video
camera and some other items from the detained journalist.
The TTP have
warned khasadars (local tribal force) and construction contractors
against carrying out their duties by distributing pamphlet in
Miranshah in North Waziristan. The TTP said the decision had been
made to protect the life and property of the tribal people belonging
to the Mehsud tribe.
militants were killed in a clash between SFs and militants in
Bajaur and Mohmand Agency of FATA. 10 Taliban militants, including
‘commander’ Shahabuddin, were killed and 18 injured in clashes
between SFs and Taliban militants in Chamar Kand of Safi tehsil
(revenue unit) in Mohmand Agency. The SFs also neutralised a militant
hideout. Two Taliban militants were killed and another injured
during an encounter between SFs and Taliban militants at Mamoond
tehsil in Bajaur Agency. Political administration said that Taliban
militants attacked a SFs checkpost at Mamoond tehsil. Retaliating,
the SFs shot dead two militants and injured another.
suicide bomber and his three accomplices were killed before reaching
the intended target after their explosive-laden vehicle exploded
due to mishandling of the explosive material in Orakzai Agency.
One key anti-Taliban
elder, Taj Muhammad (38), was shot dead and his bullet-riddled
body found dumped on a roadside in Bajaur Agency. The bullet-riddled
body of Taj Muhammad, an anti-Taliban elder of the Salarzai tribe,
was found by a road in a village in Bajaur. "He had been
shot with an automatic weapon and a note from the Taliban said
anyone working against them would be killed in the same manner,"
said local Administration Official Faramosh Khan. Local residents
said the Taliban abducted Muhammad along with five other persons
a few days go.
15 suspected Taliban militants while other four surrendered during
the last 24 hours as part of the on-going Operation Rah-e-Rast.
According to the ISPR, SFs carried out search and clearance operations
in and near Charbagh, Qambar, Tilligram and Garai Kalle. The SFs
arrested 10 militants and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition.
Also, four militants surrendered to SFs at village Chamtlai and
Khawazakhela. The SFs conducted search and clearance operations
in Baz Darra Bala, Thana and arrested five suspected militants
and recovered one stolen car.
The SFs killed
four foreign Taliban militants and a woman during a raid on a
private hospital in Wana, the capital of South Waziristan Agency,
of FATA in the morning. The SFs laid siege to the private clinic
in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, at 2 AM (PST), leading
an encounter until around 7 AM, said local Administration and
Intelligence Officials. A Security Official said the raid followed
a tip off that wounded Taliban were brought to the hospital from
Sherwangi. "Commandos and Security Forces raided the hospital.
Taliban fired at the troops and in the gunfight, which lasted
more than four hours, four Taliban and a woman were killed, while
22 others were arrested," said the official. "One soldier
was also injured. The three dead terrorists appear to be Arabs
and one of Sudanese origin," added the official. The identity
of the woman was not initially clear, said the official. An Intelligence
Official said 27 suspects were also arrested in the raid.
A US drone
strike killed at least four persons in North Waziristan, Security
and Intelligence Officials said. The missile struck a compound
in Machikhel village, 25 kilometres east of Miranshah. "A
US drone fired two missiles, which hit a compound of a local tribesman,
Karim Khan, killing four people and injuring two others,"
a Senior Security Official said. The identity of those killed
was not immediately known, adding it was also not clear whether
any high-value target was present in the area at the time of the
strike, the Security Official added further.
Taliban militants blew up two boys’ schools in Bajaur Agency.
A 21-room Government high school and a five-room primary school,
side by side in Shago village of Bajaur, were blew up with explosives
overnight, local Administration Official Muhammad Jameel Khan
said. "It is the work of the Taliban … they have destroyed
several schools in the past," he said, adding that there
were no casualties. Gul Rehman, a Bajaur Education Officer, said
Taliban had destroyed more than 60 schools over a year in the