DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Three soldiers were killed in an early morning attack on a security post in South Waziristan, while a training camp of militants was destroyed in North Waziristan.

A spokesman for Mehsud Taliban, a splinter group of banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the responsibility for the attack. The group is headed by Khan Said, a close associate of TTP’s slain Commander Baitullah Mehsud.

An official of the political administration confirmed the death of three soldiers and identified them as Jafar Hussain, Muhammad Ali and Arsalan. Azam Tariq of the Mehsud Taliban also claimed the responsibility for Mon­day’s clash in Shawal which claimed the lives of Lt Col Faisal Malik and a soldier.

The army had reported the death of six militants.

According to Dawn’s Peshawar Bureau, the Army Aviation helicopter gunships pounded the training facility of militants in Gurbuz area of Shawal in North Waziristan on Tuesday.

There were reports that some terrorists were killed in the attack but their number could not be ascertained.

Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2015

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