At least nine terrorists were killed in an intelligence-driven operation in North Waziristan tribal district which also resulted in the martyrdom of seven servicemen, including an officer.
According to the military’s media wing, security forces launched an IBO [intelligence-based operation] in the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad of North Waziristan on Saturday.
The operation was ordered after intelligence had been received that a group of terrorists was hiding in a compound after infiltrating from across [the Afghan]border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a brief statement.
During the operation nine terrorists were killed, it added. The bodies have been taken into custody. In an intense exchange of fire, seven Pakistan Army soldiers – including a captain – embraced Shahadat (martyrdom).
The military’s media wing identified the martyred soldiers as Captain Junaid, Havaldar Amir, Havaldar Atif, Havaldar Nasir, Havaldar Abdul Razzaq, Sepoy Sammi, and Sepoy Anwar.
The area has been cleared and identification of the dead terrorists is in progress, it added.
Pakistan Army had launched a massive military operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Azb, in North Waziristan in 2014 against foreign terrorists and their local cohorts.
The terrorists were comprehensively defeated and their command and control network was decimated. Hundreds of them were killed and maimed, while the rest managed to slip into Afghanistan taking advantage of the porous border.
Now, these terrorists frequently use their bases in the border regions of Afghanistan as a springboard for launching attacks in Pakistan. Despite repeated requests from Islamabad, Kabul has not taken action against these terrorist sanctuaries.