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Security forces kill five militants in Orakzai

September 29, 2012


Soldiers during a military operation in northwestern Pakistan. — File photo

PESHAWAR: Five militants were killed and two injured when security forces bombarded the Barlas area of upper Orakzai Agency with gunship helicopters, DawnNews reported.

Three militant hideouts were also destroyed during the bombardment.

According to the security sources, 92 per cent of Orakzai Agency has been cleared of militants in the ongoing operation conducted by the security forces. However, they added that militants are still present in some areas of the tribal region.

In a separate incident in Mohmand Agency, unknown miscreants destroyed 66KW transmission lines with explosives in the Mian Mandi area of the Haleemzai district.

Due to the explosion, electric supply was cut off to Mohmand Agency’s Haleemzai district and the neighbouring Nawagai district of the Bajaur Agency.

Following the incident, the political administration in the agency has arrested six people from Mian Mandi in accordance with a local law in effect in Mohmand Agency.

Furthermore, four electric transmission poles collapsed due to strong winds in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency. Due to this, Landi Kotal experienced a power breakdown for 48 hours, creating serious difficulties for the citizens.

Patients in hospitals experienced severe difficulties due to the breakdown in the power supply. Water supply in the area has also been hit, thus paralysing the routine life in the area. The citizens are protesting against the non-restoration of electric supply in the area.