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Forces kill 14 militants in Kurram

PARACHINAR, May 28: The army and paramilitary forces on Tuesday claimed to have killed 14 militants and destroyed their three hideouts in Parachamkani, central subdivision of Kurram Agency.

Local officials said a targeted operation was carried out in Zara Mela area leading to the destruction of three militant hideouts. They said 14 militants were killed in the operation and several injured.

The officials said a Parachamkani area comprising 29 villages had already been declared a conflict zone from where scores of families had moved out.

They said Fata Disaster Management Authority and the UN aid agencies had begun registration of displaced persons at New Durrani Camp near Sadda Town.

KHYBER RIFLES VEHICLE AMBUSHED: A soldier was injured on Tuesday after armed militant ambushed a vehicle of Khyber Rifles near Landi Kotal bazaar.

Local officials said the vehicle came under attack in Adalkhad area when it was transporting food and other goods to the forces’ bunkers on top of the hills overlooking Landi Kotal bazaar. They said the attack left an unidentified soldier injured.

The officials said the forces returned fire injuring an attacker, who was later arrested from a cave in Gargra village during a search operation.

They said the forces also seized a car used for the attack.

SCHOOL OWNER’S HOUSE BLASTED: The house of a private school’s owner was partially damaged in the blast of an explosive device in Shabqadar area of Charsadda district on Tuesday morning. The device was planted at the main gate of the house of Atta Muhammad.

The blast left the gate and a car parked close at hand destroyed. However, no damage to human life was reported.

According to the bomb disposal unit personnel, the explosive device weighed around a kilogramme.

The Shabqadar police booked unidentified miscreants for the blast and began investigation. However, no arrests were made by night.

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