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Troops cordoned off the area and were carrying out a search operation to hunt down militants involved in the attacks. — File photo
Troops cordoned off the area and were carrying out a search operation to hunt down militants involved in the attacks. — File photo

MIRAMSHAH: At least 23 suspected militants were killed late on Wednesday during a clash with security forces in the country's troubled northwest, officials said.

According to a security official who requested anonymity, the suspected militants tried to ambush a convoy of security forces which was returning back from Khajuri checkpost area in Mirali Tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region.

The convoy had gone in the area to rescue soldiers who were injured in a suicide bomb attack yesterday.

Security forces retaliated with gunfire and encircled the suspects inflicting heavy casualties.

The gun-battle continued for several hours during which the 23 suspected militants were killed.

Moreover, three security personnel were also injured in the clash.

A search operation was underway in the area.

The clash follows a suicide attack on a military checkpoint which killed at least five soldiers and wounded 34 others. The attack had taken place while the security men were offering prayer in a mosque at the post.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson, talking to, claimed that the militant group was behind the suicide attack and that it was carried out to avenge ex-TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud's death.

North Waziristan, one of the seven tribal districts along the Afghan border, is a hotbed for Al Qaeda and TTP militants.

The TTP has led a bloody campaign against the Pakistani state in recent years, carrying out hundreds of attacks on security forces and government targets, mainly in the country's northwest.

Comments (7) Closed

S.I Dec 19, 2013 01:17pm

No half-baked measures this time for God's sake. Go all the way and finish them off.

Sabeen Khan Dec 19, 2013 01:21pm

Good job!

Haris Dec 19, 2013 05:06pm

How can they kill other muslims while they pray, and claim their attacks are for islam? Kuffars. Well done for to security forces for killing 23 of their militants. I wish for a peaceful world.

s chaudhury Dec 19, 2013 06:19pm

This menace of cancer called TTP must be dealt with force. They do not understand any other language.

Assad Dec 19, 2013 08:23pm

A job well done by the security forces. Each and every casualty taken by us should be responded to by taking down militant sanctuaries and cadres. This is the only way the militants will understand that their actions will have an immediate bloody repercussion for them.

US CENTCOM Dec 19, 2013 08:43pm

This is a clear and precise response to the killings of soldiers who were just doing their job to protect their citizens and their nation. It sends a strong signal to the terrorists that your heinous crimes will not go unnoticed and the security forces will come after you. This common enemy has caused havoc on innocent lives, and befitting reply to their crimes is the need of the hour. We commend the Pakistani security forces for their sacrifices and their timely action against the ruthless enemy. Sometimes to achieve peace; we have to walk through the treacherous fields of death!

Abdul Quddus DET- United States Central Command

Iqbal Dec 21, 2013 12:00pm

The military should be ruthless in eliminating the TTP terrorists and their supporters. Local people knew who these terrorists are but they don't help security agencies.