KOHAT: Security personnel destroyed more than 30 bunkers and caves during a search operation in an area between Darra Adamkhel and Orakzai Agency late on Saturday night.
According to officials of the tribal administration, the security forces carried out the day-long operation after getting a tip that militants had turned the region, known as Tora Cheena, into a sanctuary from where they carried out attacks on security forces.
And in Mohmand Agency, the security forces gunned down five suspected militants after fighting off an attack on a checkpost on Saturday.
In the search operation near Darra Adamkhel, the bunkers, caves and hideouts were demolished and a bomb disposal squad exploded the ammunition found there.
The sources said the militants moved between the Frontier Region of Kohat and Lower Orakzai from their camp in Tora Cheena and carried out terrorist activities.
The place was also used for training militants.
5 suspected militants gunned down in Mohmand Agency
The operation was conducted following the repatriation of over 15,000 displaced families to their homes in Orakzai Agency after eight years.
Fauzee Khan Mohmand adds from Ghalanai: At least five militants were killed as security personnel repulsed an attack on their post in Khwezai area of Mohmand Agency on Saturday night.
According to officials, militants attacked the Yaqobi post in the border area with heavy weapons.
Security personnel deployed at the post killed five attackers and injured several others. The other militants escaped.
SOLDIER KILLED: A soldier was killed and another injured after an improvised explosive device went off at Soran Darra, in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency.
According to security sources, personnel of the army’s bomb disposal squad were patrolling the area when the explosion killed Lance Naik Wazir Khan and injured Sepoy Khuram, who was airlifted to Peshawar.
Later security forces conducted a search operation in nearby areas, but made no arrests.
CURFEW: Owing to worsening law and order situation, authorities and security forces imposed a curfew in Dawezai and Sagai areas and banned motorcycle riding in the tribal region.
Announcements to this effect were made from mosques in various areas and bazaars.
Published in Dawn, April 25th, 2016