KALAYA/PARACHINAR, Aug 17: Eight militants were killed and four others wounded in a gunfight with security forces in Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency on Friday, while a man died and 14 others suffered injuries in two bomb blasts in Parachinar.

Confirming the Orakzai incident, officials said that two security personnel were also injured in the clash.

They said that the troops were patrolling Mamozai area when gunmen launched attack from two sides. They said that the forces immediately retaliated and during exchange of fire eight militants were killed and four injured. Two soldiers identified as Akram and Rashid also received bullet injuries. They were taken to military hospital in Thall.

Meanwhile, security forces conducted a search operation in Ghundai area and recovered weapons and ammunition stored in caves.

In Parachinar, one person was killed and 14 others were wounded in two bomb blasts in Sadda bazaar and Khar Kallay on Friday.

Officials said that the first explosion took place in Maaz Market, resulting in death of a PCO owner Jehan Zeb Khan and leaving 12 others wounded. One vehicle and three shops were partially damaged in the blast.

Doctors in the local hospital said that five injured people were in critical condition.

The second explosion occurred in Khar Kallay when a tractor hit a landmine, wounding two persons. They were identified as Zabit Khan and Yaqoob Khan. Meanwhile, security forces defused a bomb planted on Sateen Road.

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