Khyber is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.—File Photo

KHYBER AGENCY: At least ten suspected militants were killed and six others injured Monday when Pakistani gunship helicopters pounded suspected militant hideouts in Bara Tehsil of Pakistan’s restive Khyber tribal region, officials said.

The assault followed an earlier clash in the Akakhel area of Bara Tehsil which had left one soldier dead and three injured, the officials added.

According to the officials, armed militants ambushed a security convoy leading to a deadly clash between the militants and security forces. The clash resulted in the death of a soldier while thee others were wounded.

Following the clash, security forces assisted by gunship helicopters targeted militant hideouts in Akakhel area, killing ten militants and injuring six others, the official sources said.

Officials said security forces also destroyed four militant bases and claimed to have arrested 15 suspects as the offensive continued.

Meanwhile, another soldier was also killed in a road side bomb explosion in Tehsil Bara’s Shalobar area during a search operation, the officials added.

The reports could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to Pakistan’s remote tribal areas.

Khyber is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.

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Oct 29, 2012 05:27pm
I agree that this is possible. It had happened in Pakistan many time before.
True Indian
Oct 29, 2012 11:03am
Im sure those who were killed were common people coz as Hamid Meer disclosed, the Pakistani oldiers are afraid of terrorists and they dont go where the militant are present....instead they kill villagers and report them as terrorists...
Oct 29, 2012 04:53pm
How do you know if the report is true? shafiq
Oct 29, 2012 04:54pm
Why not? They are supposed to protect the Paklands, aren't they?
Oct 29, 2012 12:37pm
Well done! Eliminate them..
Oct 29, 2012 02:42pm
Army needs to destroy these heratics! TTP are not muslims and are nothing more than animals
Oct 29, 2012 11:18am
Go army Go
Oct 29, 2012 10:42pm
It is too less, make more and more every day to stop militant entry. Pakistan at least keep on flying holicopters round the clock for racky, it will minimise the militant and drone too, nation moral will boost.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 29, 2012 02:59pm
You are sure? How is that?
Oct 29, 2012 12:48pm
How can we believe the information is true of not is has not been verified by third party.
Oct 29, 2012 12:48pm
How can we believe the information is true of not it has not been verified by third party such as journalists.
Oct 29, 2012 12:42pm
If army and ISI is sincere then they should allow the journalist to enter the area and allow journalist to confirm the deaths of militants or else people will doubt their intentions especially America.
Oct 29, 2012 10:58pm
Which journalist you have in mind - Any journalist with sufficient interest to cover a conflict have some reason or objective in mind unfortunately, "impartiality" is not one of them.
Oct 29, 2012 11:03pm
Some will never believe no matter what you say so it is time to say and then move on.
Oct 29, 2012 11:35am
If politicians step aside the Pakistani military will finish them off in few months; But there are still men in power who are not fully convinced of going after the militants. May be they want to use the militancy as a leverage for something.
Oct 29, 2012 12:39pm are more then welcome to go..make sure to take your camera with you..if you get killed dont blame the army....
Oct 29, 2012 01:12pm
If Pakistan provides the proof then America will not use drones inside Pakistan to kill the militants.
Oct 29, 2012 12:22pm
And how is this different from drone attack? You firing from Helicopter or fire from the plane?
Oct 29, 2012 03:09pm
Long Live Army of Allah (Pak Army)
Oct 29, 2012 12:10pm
pakistan army needs to do that more often we dont need drone strikes i think its time we stop complaining and start shooting the drones very happy to see pakistan army taking charge
Oct 29, 2012 10:07pm
Well done brave Pakistani soldiers! The greatest Jihad is eliminate militants and terrorists, the enemies of Pakistan and humanity and their helpers, supporters, sympathizers, hosts. To those who are against drone attacks, please know that in every war there will be innocent human casualties. This is the price must be paid to save Pakistan and humanity.
Oct 29, 2012 11:07am
good step and good move.
Oct 29, 2012 11:52am
Get these Kharjies out of our homeland. We are with you Pak Army...
Oct 29, 2012 09:50pm
They still would !!!
sami (usa)
Oct 29, 2012 09:53pm
Seriously? You can't see the difference? Hint: It is not in the equipment used.
Oct 29, 2012 04:17pm
Why does Pakistani army attack militant hideout only when it itself is attacked? It seems like they already know where the hideouts are, and it is not as if the militants, when attacking a military convoy, expose the location of their hideouts to the military. Why not take the fight to the militants? This is the very reason, America keeps the drone attacks, as its own privilege. They know that they cannot trust the government or the military of Pakistan to carry out an effective campaign against these savages.
Shafiullah Betani
Oct 29, 2012 12:05pm
No collateral damage?Gunship helicopter shelling from the air might have killed some other Malala on the ground.Surely no body will ever know because no journalist is allowed to visit the area.It is clear indication that there is something that needs to be kept hidden from the public otherwise army would have allowed media people to see directly what is happening in the area.
Oct 29, 2012 12:13pm
Take on radicalism and militancy.
Oct 30, 2012 01:29am
Hamid M. is a conspiracy theorist and a stooge. No need to believe him, he wants his 15 mins of fame and people from India give it to him. Please follow a sensible person.
Oct 30, 2012 07:47pm
When Pakistan was fighting Russia, then Americans were Angels (God sent helpers to fight enemies of Pakistan). Now America is helping Pakistan fighting enemies of Pakistan, the militants and terrorists. America is now being branded as Shaitaan (Satan). May Allah give wisdom to Pakistani leaders,
Lee Chang
Oct 30, 2012 02:51am
if pakistan army and the government has guts they should shoot down american drones, instead of talking. i don't think so.
Oct 30, 2012 02:40am
The Best and the Brave ARMY of all is PAK ARMY
ahmed r
Oct 30, 2012 01:40am
it is very difficult to believe the official reports of Pakistan. The government is notorious for fabricating such reports.
Oct 29, 2012 08:51pm
And, Let us see......NO CIVILIANS were killed in the attack. Only drones kill civilians, Right? Pakistani Helicopter or American drones killing these muderers - what is the difference? Any One?