Security forces pound hideouts; suspected militant killed

Updated Dec 15 2014

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Pakistani troops fire heavy artillery toward alleged militants hideouts.  — AP
Pakistani troops fire heavy artillery toward alleged militants hideouts. — AP

KHYBER AGENCY: Security forces bombed some hideouts in Khyber tribal region on Sunday, killing one suspected terrorist and injuring four.

An arms depot apparently owned by militants was destroyed in the operation carried out in the Tirah Valley early in the morning.

Read: Nine killed as military operation launched in Khyber

According to Pakistan Army, 1,600 militants have been killed since security forces started clearing the region of anti-state elements. In all, 126 soldiers have sacrificed their lives.

The army launched in June an offensive against militants in North Waziristan after a bloody raid on the Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

Also read| Zarb-e-Azb operation: 120 suspected militants killed in N Waziristan

The main ground to fight against militants belonging to Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistani is in the northwestern tribal belt of the country, but analysts and officials believe that some militants also come from the southern Punjab.

Published in Dawn December 15th , 2014