The polio worker's house was set
ablaze by militants in Khattakmela area of Kurram Agency. Official
sources said that unidentified militants burned down the house
of polio worker Muhammad Wazir, who performs duties as a polio
At least 31 militants have been
killed and scores of others injured as jet fighters targeted militants
hideouts in Koki Khel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of
FATA. According to an ISPR statement, "Four terrorist hideouts
and a suicide bomber training centre were destroyed. 31 terrorists
including some suicide bombers were killed".
A US drone strike at Wacha Basti
village near Alwara Mandi in Dattakhel of NWA killed eight militants
and injured two others. Sources said that the drone targeted a
compound belonging to an Uzbek 'commander' of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan's Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.
A bomb targeting Shias at a volleyball
match killed at least four persons and injured eight at the Hussaini
ground in the Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The Hussaini ground
is owned by the local Shia community.
A polio worker, identified as
Sanab Gul, was injured in a remote-controlled IED blast in Chamarkand
area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
A BDS was injured while defusing
a bomb in Soran area of Bezai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
SFs launched a search operation
in Shah Kas area of Khyber Agency after receiving reports regarding
the presence of elements involved in terror activities. Local
administration and SFs cordoned off the area and imposed a curfew
during the operation.
Three bullet riddled bodies were
found at a graveyard in Qandhari area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand
Agency of FATA. The political administration shifted the bodies,
which were yet to be identified, to Ghalanai Headquarters.
Two TI members were killed during
a clash between LI and TI in Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency.
SFs razed the houses of suspected
militants and their supporters in Damadaola area of Bajaur Agency.
Sources say that during the pre-dawn operation was initiated by
SFs after imposing a limited curfew in Damadola area. The sources
further said that the miscreants who once had sheltered or been
supporting local and al Qaeda-led militants are being targeted
and added that the search operation was still underway.
Twelve militants were killed in
shelling by gunship helicopters of the Army while four terrorist
hideouts were also destroyed in Mama Ziarat and Khadarkhel areas
of Datta Khel tehsil in NWA in FATA. Seven vehicles of militants
were also destroyed in the action.
Four SF personnel were killed
and two others injured in an IED explosion apparently targeting
the vehicle of SFs in Lower Kurram Agency of FATA. According to
security officials, three FC personnel and one Levies Force personal
lost their lives in the blast. The vehicle of the SFs struck the
IED planted alongside a road in Shabak area of Lower Kurram Agency.
At least seven LI militants were
killed and several others injured in explosions at a terrorist
centre in the Sipah area of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to
sources, a landmine detonated inside the militant camp in Sipah
area, killing four suspected terrorists. As the insurgents were
trying to move the bodies, security forces fired mortar shells
at the building, killing another three militants.
Six militants were killed in an
exchange of fire with SFs in Dattakhel tehsil of NWA. Official
sources said that the clash took place in Dattakhel where militants
offered resistance during operation of the security forces. In
cross-firing, which continued for more than an hour, six extremists
were killed while others fled away.
Four soldiers were killed and
two others sustained injuries in a roadside blast when the soldiers
were on a routine patrol in the Bashak area Orakzai Agency.
One soldier was killed and five
others injured in a rocket attack on a mosque of military centre
in Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The militants fired two rockets
at mosque in the Military Headquarters when Friday prayer was
underway. Rockets were fired from mountains of Akkakhel side.
The slain Orakzai Scouts soldier was identified as Munawar Shah
and those injured as Naib Subedars Mehmood Khan, Azizur Rehman,
Hawaldar Zawan Shah, sepoys Kashif Ahmed and Farmanullah sustained
Two security personnel were killed
and three others injured when the SFs vehicle hit a roadside land
mine near the Nawab Shaheed check-post in Kurram Agency of FATA.
At least seven militants were
killed while four others were injured in a US drone strike near
the Pak-Afghan border in Wacha Dara area of Ladha tehsil in South
Waziristan Agency of FATA. Two of the dead militants are reported
to be of Uzbek origin. Intelligence sources say that the US drone
fired two missiles on a compound in Wacha Dara area located near
the Pak-Afghan border between Makeen and Shawal.
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa while addressing a think-tank of the Royal United Services
Institute (USI) in UK said that Security Forces have killed 2,000
militants in North Waziristan Agency of FATA in the ongoing Operation
Zarb-e-Azb. He also said that 200 soldiers had been killed during
the operation, and 800 others had sustained injuries. He reiterated
the army's resolve to ensure writ of the state in Bajaur and North
Waziristan Agencies at all costs by wiping out militants. The
DG ISPR said that effective military operations are under way
to purge the areas of terrorists.
At least seven militants and three soldiers were
killed during a clash in Banda area of Salarzai town in Bajaur
Agency of FATA. Security sources said heavy exchange of fire took
place during an operation to clear suspected militants from the
mountainous Banda area along the Afghan border.
The TTP 'spokesperson' Muhammad Khorasani claimed
responsibility for attack. Khorasani said the TTP fighters "killed
six soldiers including a captain," adding, "We lost only one fighter."
"The fighting continued since morning until afternoon." he added.
At least five militants were killed when a US
drone fired two missiles at a compound in Shahi Khel neighbourhood
of Shawal in North Waziristan Agency.
Unidentified militants shot dead an official of
the Levies Force, Khaliq Jan, in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency
in FATA. Sources said that Khaliq Jan was on his way home in Sarki
Joharh when unidentified militants opened fire on him, leaving
him dead on the spot. The assailants managed to escape from the
Operation Commander Hangu and Orakzai Agency Brigadier
Muhammad Jilani said that the SFs had cleared 50 percent area
of Orakzai Agency from militants. Brigadier Muhammad Jilani said
the return process of the IDPs to their native areas would be
started once the area was cleared of militants.
The Minister for State and Frontier Regions Lieutenant
General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said a strategy was being
formulated by the Government to create job opportunities for IDPs
in North and South Waziristan agencies because until a few years
ago most people there knew only about weapons' manufacturing and
related business activities.
The JI Amir Sirajul Haq has demanded of the Government
to declare the FATA as a separate province so that its people
could get their due rights. The JI chief said that nearly 10 million
tribal Pakhtuns had still been living without basic facilities.
He demanded of the Government to declare FATA as a separate province
and Peshawar as a brave city, and elevate the status of Army Public
School, Peshawar, to the university level.
Kidnappers freed four people in Zarmilan area
of South Waziristan Agency in FATA who were abducted along with
10 others from Killa Saifullah District of Balochistan on January
4. The captors had killed an official of the Pakistan Air Force
who was among the kidnapped and had freed two hostages. Three
people were still in the kidnappers' custody.
At least 35 suspected militants, an unspecified
number of foreigners among them, were killed when military planes
shelled their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency. According to
the ISPR, the air strikes were conducted in Dattakhel tehsil.
Officials said that over 1,200 suspected militants had been killed
since the Army launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan
in June 2014. The administration had lifted curfew from the area
after 20 days on January 23.